The Osun State Government has put a lie to reports that six Coronavirus-positive persons being isolated in Ejigbo Isolation Centre in the state had escaped.
Commissioner for Information and National Orientation in the state, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said there was no truth in the report, saying, however, that only one positive person was discovered missing.
She also said the state had launched a manhunt for the missing person.
A total of 127 returnee citizens of the state who came from Ivory Coast and Bukina Faso had arrived the state last week and quarantined at the Ejigbo Isolation Centre and subjected to COVID-19 test to determine their viral status.
Three of them initially tested positive. The number has since increased to 20.
But following unconfirmed reports that six of the COVID-positive persons had disappeared from the centre, Mrs. Egbemode said in the state such was a figment of the imagination of the news platform that reported it.
“Recall that about a week ago, we received 127 returnees from Ivory Coast and we kept them since then to avoid community transfer of the virus.
“This morning, we embarked on a headcount and found that only one person could not be accounted for by officials of the Isolation Centre out of the 127 persons,” she said.
Mrs. Egbemode added:”The State Government is currently investigating the matter and will ensure that the missing person is brought back to the Isolation Centre and we will also ensure that we trace all his contacts.
“We want to reiterate that any official (s) found culpable will also be dealt with accordingly. We implore members of the public to discountenance the alarm being raised. We will continue to do everything to protect the lives of our citizens in this fight against coronavirus.”