Osun Shuts isolation center, warns citizens for Non-compliance of COVID-19 protocols

The COVID-19 infectious rate is declining across the country, but is this an indication that the pandemic is over?

Osun state government on Wednesday shuts an isolation center in the state capital, expressing great concerns over non-compliance of the COVID-19 preventive protocols among citizens of the state.

The leadership of the state under the custodianship of Governor Gboyega Oyetola, has given a stern warning to citizens and reiterate the need to continually observe the COVID-19 preventive measures.

Speaking after the State Executive Council Meeting, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode disclosed that the Oyetola-led administration has closed down Mercyland Isolation Center in Osogbo, the state capital.

The minister who stated that the state is on its way to flatten the curve of the pandemic in the state, said the state would intensify the sensitization of its citizens on the government and NCDC approved safety protocols.

She also enjoined the citizens to take their adherence to the NCDC COVID-19 protocols seriously.

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The statement read in part: “The government continues to worry about the level of non-compliance of its citizens to the COVID-19 safety protocols in the public space, with more people behaving like COVID-19 is no longer a reality.

“Although the curve seem to be flattening in our State, it is important that we all acknowledge that the State of Osun is not an Island. Our land borders are opened, and that means that people move in and out of the State every day, most of whose COVID-19 status cannot be ascertained.

“Airports have also been opened across the country, which means that people from outside Nigeria can come into the country to from those nations that are still experiencing spikes in the number of confirmed cases of the pandemic.

“We cannot, therefore afford to take chances by letting down our guards. This is the time when individuals, families and institutions must do what is right so that the entire citizenry can stay safe together.

“The government is also extending an appeal to religious leaders, not to step down their adherence to the established guidelines. It has been observed in some quarters that special programmes, extended services and high density gatherings are already being conducted.

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“This flagrant disregard is not only illegal, but one that is capable of endangering the lives of people, especially our children, and the government will not hesitate to close down any outfit found guilty of this disregard.

“The government is doing everything within its power to protect its people from corona virus including an ongoing epidemiological survey to determine the level of prevalence of the disease in the state. Let us all ensure these efforts do not go to waste.’ The statement read.

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