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By: Ade Adeleke
Eleven family members and professional colleagues of the index case of Coronavirus in Ondo state have been placed on isolation at the Army’s Owena Barracks in Akure.
This is coming just as three branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the state have donated jingles and ten thousand copies of COVID-19 awareness posters and handbills to the state government to further enlightening the public on how to stop the deadly disease.
Presenting the awareness materials, the Chairman of ASUU, FUTA branch, Dr Olayinka Awopetu who spoke on behalf of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko and Olusegun Agagu University of Science & technology, Okitipupa, said the gesture was in line with the vision of the union to help the citizenry to overcome the COVID-19.
Dr Awopetu noted that ASUU officials in the state had also produced awareness jingles in major languages for media while the poster and handbills would be disseminated to homes.
Receiving the ASUU awareness materials in Akure on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro said the first and only Coronavirus case in the state, who is a military officer, was in stable condition and responding to treatment.
Dr Adegbenro accompanied by the state Epidemiologist, Dr Stephen Fagbemi, explained that the first patient’s wife, son and nine health officers as well as colleagues had been under isolation since last week and would last for fourteen days.
Dr Fagbemi also disclosed that two suspected cases of COVID-19 had been sent to Lagos for test status.