COVID-19: Oyo Government Postpones Workers Resumption

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…Partners Local Artisians On Production Of Face Masks

Oyo State Government on Friday announced the postponement of resumption of its Public work force to Monday 27th of April, 2020 to further study the behaviour of Corona virus and also design appropriate measures to deal with the situation .

The government had also converted maternal and child health center in Saki to COVID 19 isolation centre , while plans were ongoing to produce one hundred million face masks as part of efforts to further control and contain the spread of Corona virus in the state .

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde , while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting by COVID 19 Task Force ,held at the government house , Ibadan , said the government will partner with artisians in the state to produce one million face masks to kick start government policy of compulsory use of face mask in public places, which will be enforced soon.

Governor Makinde , who reiterated the need to take advantage of raining season , hinted that arrangements have been made with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture ( IITA) and Institute Of Agricultural Research Training ( IART) to get seedlings which will be supplied to Farmers to ensure the state is free of hunger at all times .

He added that the government would also engage farmers on how best to remain safe during planting period through enlightment campaign .

Governor Makinde attributed the delay in the distribution of palliatives to people of the state to inches identified in data inherited, which according to him, if adopted, would enable the palliatives to get to wrong people .

He noted that revalidation of data has been done and palliatives would be given to those in need before the end of next week.

The governor hinted that the results of two new suspected cases which was received positive on Thursday were a case of United States returnee who resides in Ikoloba , Ibadan, while the second case is an individual in the university teaching college hospital, UCH , Ibadan .

He disclosed further that the ongoing mass COVID 19 test at Adamasingba, Ibadan , also produced four additional cases .

His words : “A lot of pressures is being mounted on the government to provide palliatives for our people but the data we met have endured that these palliatives will go to wrong hands if we are to use that data.

“Now , we have our own data , we have done two levels of verification and revalidations for those data , we are sure we will be able to identify poorest of the poor in our environment .

“With the data , we are in the position to push forward the distribution of palliatives for our people hopefully before the end of next week.

“Food security is also a major issue we want to address. We are rapping up enlightment campaign for farmers on how best to remain safe so that they don’t miss this planting season.

“If we don’t plant just before the rain start , hopefully , when this COVID 19 pandemic is over , we don’t want hunger to replace it as what will be killing our people.

“Let me use this opportunity to thank our health workers , this government will continue to make your welfare priority as they remain frontier in fight against COVID 19 . I also want to take this opportunity to thank gentlemen of the press for balance reporting.”

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