The Oyo State Containment and Decontamination Project has expressed its readiness to contain the CoronaVirus pandemic by embarking on immediate decontamination of all areas suspected to have come under the attack of COVID-19.
The Committee, led by the deputy vice-Chancellor on Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Prof. Olanike Adeyemo, called on religious organisations, owners of businesses and Corporate Organisations in the State to take responsibility by immediately embarking on fumigation of their premises to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to a statement signed on Monday, April 7, 2020, by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Moses Alao, Prof. Adeyemo led a few members of the Committee, including the Personal Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Akeem Azeez and Mr Tolu Afolayan, to the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State Television and Fresh FM 105.9 Ibadan, where she noted that the Committee would embark on fumigation of locations based on indication of the virus.
Prof. Adeyemo said the Committee is a strategic partnership that brought together the State Government, University of Ibadan and experts from other Organisations, noting that the Committee would begin the fumigation exercise with the Oyo State Government Secretariat and the home of other persons who tested positive to the virus.
She stressed that based on facts from experts, her Committee was in alignment with the views of Governor Makinde on the need for a logical and evidence-based approach to fighting COVID-19.
Prof. Adeyemo informed members of the public that her committee has developed a protocol, which can be followed by anyone interested in embarking on fumigation.
According to her, the Committee has experts in environmental health, as well as volunteers who are ready to offer direction and guidance on the process, adding that residents of the State, especially religious bodies and businesses such as Banks and other Corporate bodies would have to play a strong part in the State’s project to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The don explained that as part of the Committee’s efforts on the containment of the disease, it has deployed Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to map and plot the State such that it would be easy to identify social clusters and provide adequate information on containing the disease.
She added that as part of the social responsibility of residents at this period, they should report individuals with COVID-19-related symptoms, especially those who may have travel history outside the country or even Lagos and Abuja.