As part of measures put in place by Oyo State Government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the State, the Government has directed Civil and Public Servants in the State, Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to stay off work for two weeks.
According to a statement made available on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, civil and public servants across all cadres in the State should stay off work from Friday, March 27, 2020, as the State studies the situation.
The statement, however, noted that only persons on essential services are allowed to remain on duty for now; adding that there is still one confirmed case of Coronavirus in the State, which is the Bodija case, and the person is receiving treatment at the isolation centre at the Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho, Ibadan.
It also stated that additional numbers have been added to the Emergency Operations Centre’s Helplines for any issue related to Coronavirus: 08095394000 / 08095963000 / 08078288999 / 08078288800.
According to the statement, the directive to shut down the State and Local Government Secretariats was coming on the heels of earlier directives to close the Schools and the ban on religious and social gatherings.
The statement added that a team of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was already in the State to support activities aimed at containing the virus by the Government; noting that the Government has put in place all precautionary measures needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the good people of Oyo State.
It also added that a number of those who have had contact with the index case are already in self-isolation.
According to the statement, Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force Enforcement Team and a number of sub-committees have been put in place, while an enforcement Committee flagged off its activities on Wednesday.
It stated that the surveillance and contact-tracing of some persons who recently returned to Nigerian from different Coronavirus-infected countries have been ongoing, while those who have been tracked are being closely monitored.
The statement also indicated that besides locking down the State and Local Government Secretariats, the COVID-19 Task Force and other sub-committees have commenced engagement and sensitisation drives around the markets, motor parks and mechanic workshops.
The State Government thanked the Management of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, the NCDC and other Nigerians who have positively collaborated with the State Government to combat the virus, admonishing residents of the State to stop making frivolous calls to the Emergency Operating Centre, but to only call the centre when they have genuine and serious cases.