49 Osun latest returnees from Ivory Coast free from COVID-19, says Oyetola
By Samuel Ogunsona
Some 49 indigenes of Osun State who returned home recently did not test positive to Coronavirus, Osun State Government said on Thursday.
In a statement obtained by Irohinoodua the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode said the returnees did not pose any threat to public health in the South West state.
Egbemode said insinuations that the State Government of Osun allowed a new batch of Ivory Coast returnees into the State were false. The first case had led to a surge of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease in the state.
She said out of the indigenes of Osun yesterday that returned to the state, 41 are from Ejigbo and 8 from Iwo adding that medical reports show they all have tested negative for COVID-19.
She said “These 49 indigenes of Osun, on arrival from Ivory Coast, were graciously received by the Lagos State Government at the Nigeria-Benin border, were quarantined for 14-days in Lagos State’s facility in Badagry where they were tested for COVID-19 infection during the period.”
Egbemode said those who tested positive to the disease were moved into Isolation Wards in Lagos, while those who tested negative to the infection were cleared and those from Osun were allowed to return to State of Osun, their destination.
“The State Government of Osun hereby assures its citizens that there is no cause for alarm or reason to panic. The returnees who were accepted into the State have been certified to join the society by the appropriate agencies of the government. Hence, they pose no risk or threat to the people of Osun” the Commissioner said.
The State Government urges its citizens to continue to trust that Osun State remains to protecting the people of Osun with everything within its powers.