Sets up task force on Coronavirus in Ibadan today
The governor of Oyo State Seyi Makinde has reacted that he took responsibility for whatever lapses in judgement occasioned by the conduct of the Southwest Peoples Democratic Party rally in Ibadan.
The governor’s statement followed series of backlashes he received from members of the opposition in the state, over what they described as Makinde’s insensitiveness to hold a rally at a time the country is fighting hard to curb the continuous spread of Coronavirus through the banning of public gatherings in many states of the federation.
Makinde, who defended his action of holding the rally in Ibadan in a statement yesterday, said, he acted based on the information at his disposal at that time, that the state has not yet recorded an outbreak of Coronavirus.
In his words: “My dear good people of Oyo State, it has become imperative to communicate directly about the COVID-19 situation in the state, and the measures that the Oyo State Government is taking to ensure the prevention, containment and control of this disease.”
“The Free Health Mission which was launched on Monday, March 16, 2020, will continue. The mission will be used as a vehicle for disseminating information about Coronavirus prevention and control.”
“However, anyone who has shown any known symptoms of COVID-19 such as dry cough, fever, nausea, severe headaches, difficulty breathing and tiredness should please, isolate themselves and call the following Oyo State Ministry of Health helplines: 08038210122, 08023229267 or 08073431342.”