COVID-19: Osun Govt. Highlights Proactive Steps
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Osun on Public Health, Mr. Siji Olamiju says the state government has been screening foreigners in the state for COVID-19 as a measure to identify, prevent and contain the spread of the virus in the state.
Mr. Olamiju, who was in th company of the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, stated this while appearing before the Osun House of Assembly to give an account of the activities to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The Special Adviser explained that as part of the proactive step of the state government, a committee was set up on Feb.28 to monitor and control the spread of the virus in the state.
He said so far, no case of the virus had been discovered or reported in the state, and that steps taken by the state committee on Conoravirus included defining the protocol for the management of COVID-19, developing strategy, risk communication (creating awareness) and mapping of foreigners.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Isamotu, in his contribution, urged residents and people not to panic about the virus, reassuring that all that needed to be done by the government had been done to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Dr. Isamotu said awareness and sensitisation campaigns were also being carried out in religious centres, schools and markets across the state, adding that designated ambulances were also on ground for COVID-19, as well as toll free numbers to call in suspected cases.
Speaking, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Timothy Owoeye urged the Commissioner and Special Adviser to provide sanitizers and handwashing materials to public schools in the state and also the state Assembly.
Owoeye also advised that more people should be employed to help with creating awareness that people avoid mass gathering that exceeds fifty.