* As Edo Restrict Gathering to 20
The Oyo state commissioner of police, Cp Shina olukolu has reiterated that the threat of Coronavirus on social cohesion is real and therefore, wishes to appeal to all members of the public to ensure that all hands must be on deck in tackling the virus.
A statement coming from the Oyo State Police Public Relation officer, Sp Gbenga Fadeyi said every citizen are expected to act in accordance with the directives of federal and the Oyo state government.
“We are all aware of the seriousness of the current developments on all aspects of human endeavours, particularly on the social and economic lifestyles of our people, hence the advice on the closure of certain economic, religious social and educational institutions, justifying the need to be obeyed”.
“We expects our citizens to be in partnership with us on these developments, in other to engender necessary harmony to be able to collectively face the impending pandemic of Coronavirus that is not a respecter of any individual, social status offices or homes”.
The spokesman said security agencies will be embarking on routine visits and patrols to check the level of compliance at all levels advised.
Fadeyi said citizens are therefore enjoined to desist from spreading damaging rumours, or posting unfounded stories and outright tissues of lies on social media to prevent panic and disorder while we are enjoined to corporate with the government in its collective effort to defeat the prevent Coronavirus outbreak in the environment.
Meanwhile the Edo state government has stepped up its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as Governor Godwin Obaseki has further reduced the number of people allowed in any public gathering in the state from 50 to 20 persons.
In a statement obtained from Governor Obaseki's Facebook verified account said; the fresh measures taken by the state government in the face of continuous spread of the virus in the country include the closure of markets, with only sellers of food items, medicines and other vital commodities allowed to operate.
“The governor said this during the inauguration of the Edo State COVID-19 Response Committee at Government House, Benin City, the Edo State Capital”.
“We are reducing the number of persons allowed to gather in public places from 50 to 20 persons. Also, only markets where essential commodities like foodstuffs are sold should remain open for now”.
“The state government is working with the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) for mass production of hand sanitizers in drums that would be distributed to Local Government Areas (LGAs), palaces, markets and other government agencies for use in public places.”
“We have directed transport unions to intensify sensitization among members on the need to implement the social distancing policy by reducing the number of passengers on their vehicles”.
He said the state government would partner with the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) to intensify public health services, calling on retired health workers to be on standby, as they may be needed to boost services, if necessary.
On reports of indiscriminate consumption of chloroquine, the governor said the state government would work with the State Ministry of Health (SMoH), NMA and pharmaceutical associations to immediately swing into action to reach patent medicine stores to regulate the sale of medicines, especially chloroquine.
He added that the state government is considering the bulk purchase of face masks and reselling them to members of the public, noting “This is so that churches and other bodies and groups that need to buy them will get them at a regulated price, so that we can limit the cost to the public.
“We would be taking a special interest in the correctional services. We would be providing support and food supplies to the correctional centres in the state to help them during this period.”