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Akeredolu, Osun SSG, others test positive for COVID-19

By Jacob Akintunde, Akure

Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has tested positive for coronavirus. Akeredolu confirmed this on Tuesday on his verified tweeter handle and Facebook page.

Akeredolu in his tweeter handle said, “Earlier today, I got confirmation of a positive result for COVID-19. I am asymptomatic and not displaying any symptoms. I am currently self-isolating and supervised home management will be administered by the wonderful team at our Infectious Disease Hospital. I ask that we all stay safe and be well.”

The Governor has gone into isolation as required by relevant NCDC protocols and is being managed by a competent team of medical practitioners with a view to nursing him back to good health.

According to him, his trust in God to get through this is unshakeable.

Recall that Governor Akeredolu had always been saying that testing positive to the coronavirus disease is not a death sentence and asked the good people of the state to take the fight against the disease seriously as it is real.

Akeredolu said, “I had malaria few days ago and I was treated and I did get over it. And as at the time we had our party NEC meeting my colleagues called on me and I spoke with one of them who felt that malaria should not be treated lightly that I should go ahead and have a test of COVID-19.

“The result came out today 30th June, 2020 and I tested positive but asymptomatic. I am not feeling sick nor feeling hot anyway. But my doctors have advised that I should take the normal treatment and self isolate.

“I believe that supervised home management will be ideal for me now. So, for now, I will be isolated. Let me assure our people that as you can see me, there are many of us that don’t have the symptoms that is there and you cannot see it. This time, we would conduct another test and we will know the result.

“Let me assure our people that the work is going on. I want to plead with political associates that they should continue with the project because we are sure to win. My trust in God to get through this is unshakeable. So, my people, if you have malaria get tested.”

In the meantime, Akeredolu has ordered all members of his cabinet, political aides and others who might have had contact with him to undergo compulsory test few hours after testing to COVID-19.

He gave the directive in a statement made available to journalists in Akure, through his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo.

According to him, there is nothing to fear; and no component of Government business will be adversely affected within the period of his self-isolation.

The statement added, “following constant exposure to visitors well as the flurry of visitors arising from the pressure of official functions and responsibilities, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN decided to subject himself to COVID-19 test. As you all know, the result has come out positive even as Mr Governor waited no time disclosing his status.

“Flowing from the above, Mr. Governor has resolved to self-isolate in line with accepted global standards in respect of COVID-19 protocols. This becomes  necessary in order to ensure a proper determination and direction of focus.

“Mr. Governor trusts in God that all will be well even as he seeks the prayers of all and sundry during this period. It must be noted, however, that the decision by the Governor to go into self isolation is voluntary and clearly depicts the need for transparency as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In this regard, Mr. Governor calls on all to be steadfast and remain committed to his or her assigned official responsibilities.

“Specifically, Mr. Governor calls on his Campaign Team to continue with all planned events and itineraries as regards the Re-run Project. We shall win and win big.”

However, the Government of the State of Osun on Tuesday confirmed that its Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, has tested positive for Coronavirus.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, who made this known through a press statement in Osogbo on Tuesday, also confirmed the discovery of 10 additional cases in the State.

Dr Isamotu was however quick to add that one patient had equally been discharged after testing negative for the virus.

The Commissioner noted that one of the reasons for the sudden rise in the COVID-19 cases in State was largely due to the nonchalant attitude of citizens and residents of the State to laid-down precautionary measures against the spread of the virus.

Isamotu also hinted that there are strong reasons to believe the State now has community transmission around Ilesa axis of the State, warning that unless citizens and residents change their ways, government might be forced to impose another lockdown on the State.

While noting that the 11 new cases were from the contact tracing of previous cases in the State, the Health Commissioner also revealed that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 127 with 74 active cases.

“If you observe, our cases have been on the rise consistently in the last two weeks or so. The reason is simple. Our people are beginning to be too casual about the spread of the virus. The lack of strict adherence to safety protocols and guidelines is one of the main reasons for the rise. As a matter of fact, we are beginning to suspect that we have community transmission around Ilesa axis.

“Government is reviewing the cases. Soon, we shall announce other stricter measures to contain the spread of the virus in that axis.

“Today, we intensified our enforcement drive. All those arrested were made to go through a compulsory course on COVID-19 preventive protocols. We will go a step further by setting up a mobile court to try and sentence violators of safety protocols and guidelines. We must collectively join hands with the government to contain the spread of the virus.

“Also, I want to confirm to you that our SSG and some of the staff around him have tested positive to the virus. But they are all in stable condition and are receiving adequate medical care.

“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Tuesday, June 30, is 74. We have 127 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 48 patients while five deaths have been recorded,” Dr. Isamotu added.

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