By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government on Tuesday directed that all weekly markets across the State be suspended indefinitely.
Meanwhile, the Government embarked on a sensitisation exercise to educate market women under the aegis of Association of Osun Market Women on the virus and the need for them to practice good hygiene.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, who led the government delegation on the sensitization visit to the market women, disclosed that government’s decision to shut down the weekly markets was part of efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the State.
Isamotu further explained that the lockdown was necessary due to the fact that Osun has boundaries with some States that have cases of the COVID-19 adding that people from neighboring States patronise the weekly markets, which he said, makes Osun open to disease.
He added only the daily market, which attracts relatively low patronage as against the weekly markets would be allowed to go on for now, but with strict precautionary measures in place.
The Commissioner, therefore, urged the market women to support the government’s effort in containing the spread of the disease by putting up hand-washing points and providing sanitizers for everyone who patronise them.
He also warned people against loitering at markets, urging them to leave immediately after performing their transactions.
He maintained that Osun government under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola was ready to combat the deadly virus, hence the proactive measures set up to protect the citizens.
In her remark, the Special Adviser to Osun Governor on Commerce, Cooperatives and Industries, Mrs Christiana Ogunfolaju, said that safety measures are one of the keys to overcome the spread of Coronavirus and any other disease.