AS a means of curtailing the spread of the novel Coronavirus, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, assured residents of the state that his government was already working on palliatives to ease the pressure on residents, following the partial shutdown of activities.
The partial lockdown is to take effect from today (Sunday) but the workers had been directed to stay away from work since Friday.
To ensure the palliative gets to the people, Makinde said the state had begun work on collation of accurate data and design to ensure that the palliatives get into the hands of residents with genuine needs for them and not get cornered by middlemen.
The governor made the disclosures during a phone-in interview programme on an Ibadan based radio station, Fresh 105.9FM and a one-hour Tweetchat on Twitter yesterday.
The measures were adopted as a result of the cancellation of the quarterly media interview on the state-owned broadcasting outfit.
While noting that the government has stepped up enlightenment campaigns on Covid-19 and enforcement measures on the lockdown of activities, the governor maintained that as part of measures to contain the spread of the disease in the state, the government in collaboration with College of Medicine and University College Hospital has set up a diagnostic centre to handle testing of samples, noting that the state is only awaiting NCDC endorsement.
The governor added that apart from the preventive measures, the state has set up isolation centres, with 4-bed isolation unit in Ogbomoso, 10-bed at Jericho, 4-bed at UCH and 100-bed capacity at Olodo, Ibadan, which will be ready on Thursday.
He added that “As from tomorrow night (Sunday, March 29), all markets will be closed, except for those selling perishable food items.
We are also using that same point to ban transportation into and out of the state. The only exceptions are vehicles carrying food items, medical, pharmaceutical, essential services and petroleum products.”
Source: The Nation.