Oyo State Government has kicked off the decontamination and fumigation of all necessary areas in the State as a way of containing the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
The Government said the decontamination was one of the steps to control and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the State, adding that Corporate entities, owners of Business spaces and other identified Organisations are expected to carry out a similar exercise on their premises.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Monday, April 13, 2020, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, who kicked off the exercise on behalf of the Governor, said the exercise was one of the measures taken to contain COVID-19 in Oyo State.
She added that the Government was leading by example by decontaminating the length and breadth of the State Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
Mrs Adeosun admonished all and sundry to cooperate with the State COVID-19 Decontamination and Containment Project Team in the course of discharging their responsibilities of reaching out to business premises and identified Organisations in the State to fumigate them.
The SSG, who appealed to all residents of the State to continue to follow all the guidelines issued by the State COVID-19 Task Force on how the disease could be prevented from spreading in the State, said adherence to the directives remained key in the fight against the disease.
She enjoined residents who see signs or have had any contact with a suspected case of COVID-19 to quickly call the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) helplines that had been provided for proper guidance on the step to take.
Mrs Adeosun also appreciated the Professors, Students and all Volunteers from the University of Ibadan and others, who she said joined hands in the project to decontaminate the Secretariat and the entire State.
Earlier, the Chairman of the decontamination project and a Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olanike Adeyemo, said the exercise started 10 days ago and that it was to protect the citizenry from spreading the Coronavirus in the State through decontamination.
She noted that decontamination will be carried out whenever it is indicated, even as she commended Governor Makinde for the acumen with which he has been governing the State.
Prof. Adeosun admonished people with land use facilities such as households, Pharmacies, Hotels, Churches, Mosques, Banks and event Centres, among others, to emulate the good gesture of the Government by decontaminating their environment in order to make them safe from the virus.