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By: Adesoji Adetona
……as 15 Health Workers test Positive in Ondo
…..Governor raises alarm, holds Emergency Health Meeting.
As Ondo state confirmed 134 cases of coronavirus pandemic and 15 deaths with six fresh cases, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at the weekend raised alarm over the dangerous dimension the pandemic is taking in the state.
SUNSHINETRUTH learnt authoritatively that five doctors and 10 nurses working with the state government’s hospitals were among the latest infected persons.
It was further gathered that the health workers were threatening to down tools if government failed to provide adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for them, noting that they would attending to all patients at the public hospitals.
The governor attributed the rising cases of the disease to community transmission occasioned by gross violation of various precautionary measures such as physical distancing and use of nose masks.
Concerned over the trend, the governor summoned an other emergency health meeting of the stakeholders in Akure to address the issue of community transmission.
Akeredolu who was represented at the meeting by the State Commissioner for Health and state Chairman Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Dr Wahab Adegbenro warned that it would not fold its arms and allow some traders put the state at risk in the name of making money.
He said it will no longer be business as usual in the mode of operations of markets in the state since covid 19 is now begining to spread unabated like wild fire in the harmattan.
The governor noted that the issue of Community transmission of covid 19 in the state is taking a dangerous turn , so all stakeholders must as a matter of urgency, join hands to nip it in the bud before the situation gets out of hands.
Akeredolu lamented that residents are not protecting themselves as they are not using the Nose Masks and not obeying other laid down covid 19 precautionary rules and this trend is worrisome and dangerous to the corporate good of the state.
Dr Adegbenro reviewed the situation and advised that the elderly, especially those managing one health condition or the other, to stay indoors as their immunity is low and cannot withstand Covid 19.
The Parmanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr Dipo Durojaye appealed to the market leaders to help government enforce laid down precautionary rules and not allow those without the Nose Mask buy and sell.
The Parmanent Secretary, Waste Management Board, Engr. Ogidan task the market leaders to ensure waste is properly garthered and disposed to rid the state of outbreaks.
He disclosed that his Ministry will now send out enforcement agents who will arrest and prosecute those that disobey government precautionary rules.
The Director in charge of MDAs at the Internal Revenue Services, Mr Daniyan Afolabi who represented his Chairman, advocated that the meeting be cascaded to the grassroot, said his Board is colaborating and continue to collaborate with the government in the fight against Covid 19.
He disclosed that a government Gazzette is in the pipeline, where any one that breaks any government precautionary rule will pay the sum of 2,000 Naira and go to Prison for 6 months.
In their response,the Iyaloja Isolo in Akure, Mrs Elizabeth Okoro, iyaloja isikan, Akure, Chief Mrs Temidayo Bolarinwa and chairman Alapata, Alhaji Kolapo Isola, all advised that the government use some people as Scape Goats to serve as deterrents to others.