In its effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in the State, the Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19 has activated Emergency Operation Centres (EOCs) in the State.
The Task Force headed by the State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, also named Dr Taiwo Ladipo of the Ministry of Health as the Incident Manager in charge of the Operating Centres.
In addition, a five-member Committee of experts was also approved to act as sub-committee for the EOCs.
According to a statement released by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, these form some of the decisions reached at the second meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
In his address, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, affirmed the release of two dedicated lines to coordinate COVID-19 related emergencies, the numbers are: 08095394000 and 08095863000.
According to Dr Bello, the State Surveillance Team is directly following up the suspected coronavirus case in the State, adding that the suspect was said to have recently arrived Oluyole, Ibadan, from the United States of America on the 8th of March, 2020.
The statement re-emphasised the need for the people of Oyo State to observe standard procedures of engagement at this time by maintaining social distance, regular hand washing and use of sanitisers.
The statement further read: “We also encourage Nigerians returning from COVID-19 affected countries to maintain the globally accepted protocol by self-isolating for 14 days and reporting any untoward conditions to the State Medical Personnel.
The State Taskforce on COVID-19 reaffirmed that all Schools are to remain closed till after the Easter holidays and until the State re-evaluates the situation on ground.