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How Osun Saved Nigeria From A Major COVID-19 Disaster - Gov. Oyetola


Osun state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has said the state government helped the country to avert what could have been a major disaster from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He stated that, the state was able to avert a  major disaster with the way it handled the issue of the 117 returnees from Ivory Coast to the state, while seventeen of the returnees confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus.

It was gathered that, the Osun State Government on Sunday discharged 110 returnees who had tested negative for the virus to their various destinations.

The Governor while addressing journalists in Osogbo, noted that not all the 127 returnees are from Osun State.

He further said that Osun State saved the country from a major disaster by not allowing  the returnees to go directly  to their respective states when they came back to Nigeria.

The Governor said, 

“Upon profiling, we realised that many of the returnees are from different states. For instance, two of them are from Abia State. But we took responsibility and treated all of them. It would have been disastrous if the 127 people were allowed to move to their various states and mix with people in their respective communities when they came into the country,” 

“The 110 whose results came back negative have been released to join their families. Among them are: eleven to Oyo State, two are going to Lagos State, One to Ogun State, three each to Edo and Abia states, four to Delta State and one to Imo State, while 85 will remain here in Osun”.

He added that one of the returnees who ran away from the isolation facility after testing positive on Saturday was later captured, and didn't mingle with residents as they shut the doors against her.

The Governor further urged the people of the state to maintain social distancing and good hygiene while they continue to fight  the virus in the state.

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