Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has confirmed he has tested positive to the rampaging coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19.
The Governor who tweeted via his personal handle @seyiamakinde on Monday, March 30, 2020, said he remains asymptomatic and would remain in isolation.
He also said he had appointed a former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Prof. Temitope Alonge, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while he recovers.
It would be recalled that Governor Makinde was one of the Governors who attended the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, penultimate week, where he met with a number of colleagues.
The Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF) had after the meeting advised its members who attended the Abuja meeting to go into self- isolation or undergo COVID-19 tests.
The test result, which was delivered to the Governor at about 5.30pm indicated that he had tested positive to the Coronavirus.
The news of Makinde’s positive test came on the heels of the release of the State’s index case from the COVID-19 isolation centre.
The release of the patient was consequent upon the completion of his treatment at the Agbami Chest Hospital Isolation Centre, Ibadan.
The American returnee had initially tested negative only for the second test to read positive.
The index case had been on self-isolation at a private residence in Ibadan until he was transferred to the Isolation centre at Agbami, Jericho area of Ibadan on March 23, 2020, and was released after two consecutive negative tests.
The State’s Incident Manager, Dr Taiwo Ladipo, according to the statement, said the confirmed case spent six days in the Isolation Centre and had two negative tests.
Governor Makinde pleaded with the people of the State to continue complying with all the directives from the COVID-19 Task force.
“Also, inter-state transportation into and out of the state has been suspended from tonight, Sunday, March 29, 2020, except vehicles carrying food items, medical, pharmaceutical and petroleum products. All measures will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
He also advised them to stay safe by obeying the proper hygienic practices, washing their hands regularly or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser and also practicising social distancing, noting that the EOC Helplines remains: 08095394000 / 08095963000 / 08078288999 / 08078288800.