COVID-19: Fear, as Osun Records Third-highest Number of Cases in Nigeria

- No Need for Panic - Osun Govt

Aishat Yusuff

There is fear among residents of Osun, as the state now has the third highest number of the pandemic Coronavirus cases in Nigeria after Lagos and Abuja.

This is as the total number of cases nationally reached 174 with 2 deaths and 9 discharged.

The breakdown from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows that there are 174 confirmed cases as at 8pm on April 1.

Lagos is the most hit with 91 cases, FCT has 35, Osun 14, Oyo 8, Akwa Ibom 5, Ogun 4, Edo 4, Kaduna 4, Enugu 2, Bauchi 3, Ekiti 2, Rivers 1 and Benue 1.

Report shows that 12 new cases in Osun were discovered within 24 hours among returnees from Cote’d’voir, received by the state government and confined in a place in Ejigbo.

The new cases were discovered between March 31 and April 1.

Speaking at a press conference, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu said that the new 12 cases recorded in Osun between yesterday and today were Cote’d’voir returnees.

Isamotu explained that the returnees are 127 in number who returned to the State last week and they were quarantined at Ejigbo at the expense of the State government to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 in the state.

He said, a total number of 71 people have been tested among which 12 of them were positive, while they were still waiting for results of the remaining 56 people whom their samples have been taken for test.

“We were told initially that the returnees were citizens of Osun. It was when they arrived and while they were being screened that we realised that some of them are from Oyo, Edo, Kogi, and some other states. And as a responsible government, we couldn’t send them away.”

“There are three isolation centres in Osun. Two are in Osogbo, while one is at Ile-Ife. The Isolation Centre in Ejigbo was specially prepared to receive the contingencies from Cote D’Ivoire.”

“Due to the proactiveness of Mr Governor, the returnees were intercepted at the border. We allowed them into our state, and we did not allow them to move about. We had prepared a place for them where they would be isolated pending the confrontation of their status.

“We do not want a community spread, and this is why we did what we did. Those who were found positive are currently receiving treatment in our facilities.”

He said: “Apart from the Cote D’Ivoire cases, we would be able to know if the case is reduced or not.”

He said the infected persons are responding to the treatment just as he urged the residents not to panic as the government are on top of the situation

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