By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State government has reiterated its readiness to put the necessary mechanisms in place to protect its citizenry against the coronavirus at all times.
The government said that the state presently has three isolation centres, in which two were sited in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, while the remaining one was situated at Ile-ife.
This was disclosed at a press conference jointly addressed by the duo of Commissioner of Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu and the Chief Press Secretary to governor Adegboyega Oyetola, Ismail Omipidan on Wednesday.
Omipidan explained that 127 returnees from the Francophone country were traveling on six buses enroute Osun State, but became stranded at Benin -Nigeria border in Ogun State, which necessitated prompt move by Osun State government to rescue them.
He disclosed that not all the returnees hailed from the state, adding that the government decided to evacuate all of them from where they were stranded and subjected them to thorough screening to ascertain their status..
Omipidan said: “The returnees, who were 127 in all were traveling in six buses enroute Osun, and became stranded in Ogun State at the Benin-Nigeria border, in which Governor Gboyega Oyetola responded promptly after being contacted by his counterpart in Ogun State.
“Arrangement was made for their immediate movement from that point to an isolation centre in Ejigbo, where they were subjected to medical examination to ascertain their status.
“24 persons were tested during the first batch of the exercise, in which three tested positive for Covid-19, also, among the 47 samples tested in the second round of the medical examination, nine have been confirmed positive.
Also, the Commissioner of Health, Isamotu in his remarks said that medical personnel are seriously working on contact tracing of the index case as well as the second confirmed case.