Osun begins contact tracing as state records first case

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Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Wednesday spoke of the measures being taken by his government to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

A case has been confirmed  in the state by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to the governor, who addressed a conference at the Government House in Osogbo, the case is that of a returnee from the United Kingdom (UK). The affected person “is currently receiving treatment”, the governor told reporters.

He added that the case sample was tested at the NCDC accredited Testing Centre – the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, Osun State – and the result returned positive.

Oyetola said the government had contacted the family of the patient and had also immediately commenced contact tracing to identify people who might have come in contact with the confirmed case.

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He added that the confirmed case was not the only sample that was subjected to investigation, but all other samples had tested negative.

The governor encouraged all returnees from the UK, the United States (U.S.) Europe, the West African Coast and other high risk countries to self-isolate and submit themselves to test.

The government at all levels, he noted, is battling to contain the spread of the virus.

Oyetola urged residents not to panic, saying that “the case is under control”.

He, however, urged them to observe necessary precautionary measures by observing good hygiene, regular washing of hands with water and soap and also maintain social distancing.

Oyetola disclosed that as part of efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state, his administration has set up holding centres, adding that the 20-bed holding centre at the State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo is up and running to isolate and treat suspected and reported cases of the virus in the state.

Health Commissioner Dr. Rafiu Isamontu said that 20 Judges who returned from the United Arab Emirate (UAE) have gone on self-isolation.

Giving more details about the confirmed cases, the commissioner said: “I spoke with him while he was in Lagos while he was on his way and he promised to get in touch with me as soon as he gets to Osun State. When he arrived in Ikire, he continuously rang my phones till he got to Osogbo.

“He never hid from the test. It is a self-reported case because he wanted to be sure if he had contacted the virus. He doesn’t want to go home to avoid infecting his family with it. He has been cooperating so far.”