By Temitope Akintoye,
The Ondo State Government has disclosed details of the state’s recently confirmed coronavirus case incidents, saying that the move was in recognition of residents’ right to information on its fight against the deadly global pandemic.
It recalled that the state had recorded five confirmed cases over the weekend and revealed that the patients were Nigerians from various regions across the country.
The State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, stated that the newly confirmed coronavirus patients included two police officers, one murder suspect, one female civilian, and another positive incidence case recorded in Owo region of the state.
Akeredolu, while speaking during a weekly coronavirus update broadcast on Monday, said that the COVID-19 positive police officers had been serving under the Lagos State Police Command prior to being tested for the infection in Ondo state.
He revealed that the state’s sixth case had been arrested in Edo state following which he was transferred to Ondo for trial on murder charges for which he had earlier been arraigned in the state and that the female patient had flouted lockdown directives by sneaking into the region from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The governor assured Ondo residents that his administration was on top of the situation and that measures to curb further spread of the pandemic in the state had been implemented.
“In order to curtail a further spread of the infection through these Cases, I have directed the activation of wider processes to trace, isolate and test all primary and secondary contacts with all the Cases while at large in the State,”
“Already, the mass production and free distribution of facemask by Government has commenced and is gaining traction satisfactorily. I am confident that in a matter of days, all the critical sectors of our society will have been covered”.
Akeredolu expressed optimism that the state would gain control of the viral pandemic within its borders and lauded the efforts of individuals and private organizations who had aided his administration through the distribution of food, face masks, and other relief items to the people.
He affirmed that such charitable efforts were appreciated by the state’s government and also expressed gratitude to frontline respondents in Ondo’s battle against the coronavirus outbreak.
“Finally let me again thank all our health workers, the media, and other stakeholders for the great sacrifice and dedication. I sincerely pray that God almighty will see us through these challenging times”.