A member of the House of Representatives, Bamidele Salam, has raised the alarm over the untoward behaviour of some of the returnees from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to the state in the spread of the Coronavirus Disease..
According to the Member representing Ede North, Ede South, Egbedore and Ejigbo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, some of the 127 returnees had, contrary to directives, been playing host to their relatives in the dead of the night where they have been isolated before testing for COVID-19.
According to the latest report from the state, 12 of the 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state were part of those who just returned from Cote d’Ivoire.
The returnees, according to the State Government, were quarantined on arrival, with three of them testing positive after the first set were tested.
The second round of test carried out showed additional nine positive cases.
Salam, in a statement on Thursday, however expressed worry over the behaviour of some of the returnees, who had been receiving guests in the middle of the night.
He said in the statement: “I received with concern reports of the positive testing to COVID-19 of some recent returnees from Cote d’Ivoire to Ejigbo in our Federal constituency.
“While acknowledging the good job of the Osun State Government team on COVID-19 which resulted in the isolation and testing of the returnees, I am equally worried about reports that some of the persons in isolation played host to a few relatives under the cover of the night.
“I wish to therefore appeal to our good people of Ejigbo to please adhere strictly to the total lockdown ordered by the State Government and also immediately report anyone showing symptoms of infection to the toll free emergency number of the centre for disease control which is 08097000010.
“If you know anyone who might have had contact with the returnees in isolation, please report same to relevant agencies and community leaders for prompt action.
“Residents of Ejigbo and other neighbouring towns are also enjoined to cooperate with all government agencies by observing health advice and directives such as regular hand washing and reasonable social distancing in order to avoid an escalation of the spread of the coronavirus.
“I will also be joining hands with the emergency relief committee set up by the State government and community leaders to scale up my personal intervention in the area of providing relief to the old, widows and other vulnerable members of the communities in our Federal constituency.
“I pray that the mercies of God will prevail in these hours and finally bring this scourge to an end very soon.”