Following the confirmation of a coronavirus case in Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde has placed a ban on nightclubs and religious gatherings across the state.
Makinde, in a broadcast, explained that he has no other choice than to place a ban on gatherings such as religious services, weddings, parties, burial ceremonies and so on, adding that gatherings should be limited to 30 persons or less. Nightclubs will have to remain closed.
According to him, this new development calls for stepping up even further, the measures that the state government is taking to prevent, contain and control the spread of the virus.
He explained that this was the time to come together as a people to fight a common enemy, COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.
“Since the identification of the Ekiti case on the 18th of March, 2020, the Oyo State government has rapped up its preparedness for any possible outbreak of the pandemic. We set up a COVID-19 Task Force which I am heading.
“We have activated the Disease Surveillance and Notification System Officers in the 33 Local Government Areas and the 35 Local Council Development Areas.
“We are collaborating with the College of Medicine to set up two Diagnostic Centres at the University College Hospital, Ibadan which will begin operations by the end of the week. Both are awaiting the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s validation. We are also awaiting reagents for testing which have been ordered.
“We have also set up an additional isolation centre by re-designating the Maternal and Health Centre at Olodo as the Oyo State Infectious Disease Centre with a capacity for over 100 cases. Rehabilitation of the isolation centre is ongoing”.
As a result of the newly designated isolation centre at Olodo, the governor said government had reduced the previous five isolation centres to three.
He identified the centres to include: 10-bed isolation centre at Jericho Chest Hospital, Ibadan, four-bed isolation centre at University College Hospital, Ibadan, four-bed isolation centre at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.
He added that government had purchased and are presently refitting two dedicated ambulances for conveying critical cases to the isolation centres, while emergency personal protective gears have been provided for health workers with more already ordered.