By Timothy Alao, Osogbo
The Government of Osun is not taken any chance in tackling the Covid19 pandemic the whole world is battling now.
This was why the Osun State House of Assembly summoned the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu; and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Siji Olamiju, to brief the House on the activities of the State in the fight against Covid-19 and the provision that are on ground to fight any major outbreak of Covid-19 in the state.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye, after a thorough briefing, commended the efforts of the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and both the Commissioner and the SA in their responses to the challenges even before its recent resurgent in the state.
He also commended their ingenuity in treating and discharging 18 out of the 19 infected patients previously under the care of the State at it’s isolation Cente.
The Speaker informed the Commissioner and the SA that he has absolute confidence in their technical knowhow
He assured the Commissioner and the SA of the support of the legislature with both men in charge at the elm of affairs of the state Ministry of Health.
He noted that people should not resign to fate if they test positive for coronavirus, assuring them that having Covid-19 or any other ailment is not a death sentence.
Rt. Hon. Owoeye advised both the Commissioner and the SA to continue to do what they have been doing without relenting and also urged the entire citizens of the state to abide by the rules of social distancing and other precautions.
The Commissioner informed the lawmakers that out of the 12 recent cases of Covid-19, three of them are health workers of the state.
He disclosed that, “After 48hrs of intensive medical care the three have tested negative and we need to do the test again probably in another 48hrs as required by NCDC that says a patient test must return negative twice before they can be given clean bill of Health.”
The Commissioner also used the opportunity to make it known that government has made the use of face mask compulsory in the state of Osun.
Isamotu also thanked individuals and organizations for their contributions to the state in terms of monetary and material equipment.
He specifically thanked a woman in Obokun Local Governmnet for her significant contribution in donating hand sanitizers and other materials.
He commnded the NNPC for giving the state a brand new ambulance, 10,000 face mask, 10,000 hand glove, 240 N95 face masks.