On Saturday 21st of March 2020 at 21.37 Nigerian time, the first case of a COVID-19 infected person was confirmed in Ibadan, Oyo State.
This revelation was made in a post shared by the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Seyi Makinde.
H. E stated that the suspected person in Bodija area had returned positive to COVID-19 having carried out the confirmation test.
Governor Makinde assured the people of that;
The Oyo State Public Health Officials are collaborating with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan’s team on the case.
With respect to the initial suspects who later travelled to Ekiti-State having stayed in Oyo State for a short period of time, Governor Makinde stated that;
A follow up on the Ekiti COVID-19 case revealed that the deceased was picked up directly from Lagos Airport to a private apartment in Ona Ara Local Government Area.
H. E however revealed that,
The Health Authorities have contacted the family concerned and the community has been alerted for intensified contact tracing and self-isolation of identified close contacts. Noting that,
The information given that he stayed in some hotels in Ibadan has been found to be false.
In another development, in a similar post shared on H.E Seyi Makinde’s Twitter account at 23.40 pm on Saturday 21st 2020
“Another returnee from Texas, USA, has also been identified at Oluyole Local Government Area. She has been kept in self-isolation with close monitoring by the State Epidemiological Team.” he stated.
While the Governor also urged all returnees to identify themselves and self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
The Governor further explained that funds have been released for:
a. Activation of Emergency Operation Centre at the Ministry of Health.
b. Establishment of Diagnostic Centre for screening of Coronavirus and other related infectious diseases to be stationed at the UCH, Ibadan.
c. Equipping of the newly designated Oyo State Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo that has the capacity for over 100 cases.
In an effort to combat the novel Coronavirus, the State government also provided an helpline to be contacted should need be.
The numbers are:
Oyo State Ministry of Health Helplines: 08038210122/ 08023229267/ 08073431342.
Please keep safe…………