Oyo State Confirms First Case of Coronavirus

The governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the state. ">The governor who is also the head of Covid-19 task force in Oyo state, reveals the result of the suspected case on Sunday.

In a statement obtained by CityNews , the governor highlighted how the index contracted the virus. He also confirmed another United States returnee who has been isolated.

The governor therefore urged all recent foreign trips returnee and families who may have come in close contact with the confirmed case, to self isolate for 14-days.

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The Oyo state governor held a party mega rally on Thursday, an event which attracted lashes from public. The governor however apologized on Friday, saying no case of Covid-19 in the state yet.

The governor statement reads as below:


1) The COVID-19 confirmation test for the suspected case at Bodija has come back POSITIVE. The result was released at 17:35 PM of March 21, 2020.
Oyo State Public Health Officials are collaborating with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan’s team on the case.

2. 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.
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.
The information given that he stayed in some hotels in Ibadan has been found to be false.

3. 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. All recent returnees are again urged to identify themselves to Ministry Officials and self-isolate for 14 days.

4. We have released funds 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.

Oyo State Ministry of Health Helplines: 08038210122/ 08023229267/ 08073431342
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