By: Ade Adeleke
Following a directive that inhabitants of the southwest should compulsorily be wearing face masks as from Friday this week, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has ordered massive production of the materials to be distributed to the people Ondo State as part of steps to checkmate spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.
Akeredolu also announced that a military officer who is the index coronavirus case of ondo state has been tested negative after serious medical attention from the state government.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu disclosed this today while addressing newsmen at Government House Ground, Akure.
According to Akeredolu, the index case has been tested negative after two successful test and now free to be discharged.
“To this end, all the six Governors’ of Southwest states of Nigeria have adopted a joint additional protocol of control of the spread of the pandemic.
“These are the immediate closure of all the Entry Points of our six states.
The compulsory wearing of nose masks by everyone coming out of their homes effective from Friday 24th April, 2020.
“That people involved in essential services or dealing in medicine, water and consumable items, in particular traders and market men/women should also wear nose masks while outside plying their trade.
“Let me make a few clarifications about this. It simply means, the six states are cooperating to make sure that inter-state trafficking of goods and human beings are halted in order to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
“In simple terms, individuals who violate or disobey the inter-state travel ban by attempting to cross the border of one state to the order in the South-western part of Nigeria will be arrested and liable to be prosecuted.
“Similarly, it will be a serious breach of the COVID–19 precautionary measure for any individual starting from Friday 24th April 2020, not to wear the face mask while outside his/her place of abode or out on the street or anywhere within the society.
“In order words, the moment you step out of your home to the streets of Ondo state, you must wear your face mask. The intention of this is to reduce contamination and infection and possibly avoid community transmission.
“I wish to emphasise that Ondo state Government will implement these decisions effectively and efficiently. However, to ensure that the mandatory wearing of mask in Ondo state is achieved fully and with sizeable success, I have directed a massive production of face mask for all our citizens.”
Akeredolu said twenty suspected cases that are direct and secondary contacts of three persons carrying coronavirus have tested negative.
He said the second test of the second confirmed case was being awaited and that the index case was ready to be discharged.
Akeredolu noted that, “my good people of Ondo state, last Friday April 17th 2020, I received the cheering news from our Honourable commissioner for Health and Chairman Inter – ministerial Committee on Covid – 19, that our first and index case of Corona virus infection in the state has tested negative after treatment.
“What this means is that the first patient of the fatal infection is now completely healed and free to go home, indeed free to resume his normal life in service to our country. He is a soldier who serve his father land and was diagnosed with the infection upon return to Nigeria from international assignment in India.
“It is important to inform us all that upon presenting with the symptoms of the infection while in isolation, the first sample from this Army officer was taken at the Nigerian Army Barracks, Akure on the 2nd of April 2020 and sent for test to ascertain his status.
“The result came out positive on 3rd of April and he was immediately admitted into the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) at Igbatoro road Akure.
“He was on admission in the Hospital where he received the very best care at the state’s disposal until we noticed better improvement in his health.
“On the 12th of April, the first follow up sample was taken as part of the medical review of the patient. The result came out negative on the 13th April.
“Not satisfied and in full compliance with the standard procedure of COVID–19 medical review, the second sample was taken on the Thursday the 16th April 2020 and the result came out again as negative.
“Due to the two consecutive negative results and his stable clinical condition, the patient is hereby declared fit for discharge. This is in line with the standard COVID -19 patient discharge criteria.
The governor said, “dear people, you will agree with me that this is a good and inspiring news. It is an evidence of our readiness, competence and determination to fight this pandemic and protect our people to our very best ability. There are two other cases undergoing same intensive treatment and care. By the grace of God almighty, they will be well also.”
“Let me use this opportunity to thank the Commanding officer of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Z.L Abubakar for his total cooperation and support. The Brigade headquarters provided an exceptional relationship that made access and administration of the patient and all known contacts in the Barracks possible,” Akeredolu said.
As part of the efforts to contain any further spread of the COVID-19 PANDEMIC in Ondo State, the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has approved the setting up of a Special Committee for the mass production of Nose Masks for the use of the people of the state.
The constitution of this committee is a follow-up to the decisions taken at the virtual meeting of the Southwest Governors, held on Thursday, 18th April, 2020.
The Governors also resolved that wearing of masks will be made compulsory for every individual in all the Southwest states, starting from Friday, 24th April, 2020.
Membership of the committee is as follows:
1. Mr. Gani Muhammed Ajowa – Chairman
2. Pastor Niyi Ale, President, Ondo State chapter of National Union of Tailors – Member
3. Mrs. Eunice Titilayo Oparinde – Member
4. Mrs. Sarah Emmanuel – Member
5. Pharmacist Folake Aladenola – Secretary
The committee, will among other things, source for materials for the production of Nose mask, identify qualified tailors across the three Senatorial districts and to put in place machinery for the distribution of nose masks to all residents of the state among others.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor