By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The federal government has urged residents of Oyo State to avoid panic over uncoordinated and unconfirmed information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.
The state Director, Federal Ministry of Information, Ibadan Centre Mrs Omolara Esan, made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The statement noted that panic could result to untimely death through abuse and misuse of unauthorized drugs, which can cause high blood pressure and domestic accidents under the present circumstance.
The Director maintained that coronavirus was a battle to be won by everybody, calling on the people of the state not to see the virus as death sentence for its victims considering the number of victims who have recovered so far in the country.
Esan, however, urged residents of the state to adhere strictly to the government’s instructions and guidelines to avoid getting infected and listed some of the guidelines as frequent handwashing with soap, use of hand sanitizer, social distancing and use of face masks.
‘Recalled that human transmission of the virus occurred in Wuhan, China in December, 2019 and till date the mortality rate has been kept at 3 percent globally with Nigeria having 0.02 percent. It is noticeable that with strict compliance to the rules and regulations set out by the Federal Government to curtail the spread of this virus,lives of the public are generally safe,” she said.