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COVID-19: Oyo activates emergency operating centres, names Incident Manager



The Oyo State Oyo State Task Force on Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 has activated emergency Operating Centres (EOCs) in the state.

It stated that the EOCs was activated in its determined effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.

The Task Force headed by the state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, also on Sunday named Dr. Taiwo Ladipo of the Ministry of Health as the Incident Manager in charge of the Operating Centres.

In addition, a five-member committee of experts has been approved to act as sub-committee for the EOCs.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello, while speaking affirmed the release of two dedicated lines to coordinate COVID-19 related emergencies; 08095394000 and 08095863000.

Bello, in a brief submitted to the Task Force indicated that the EOCs started 24-hour operations on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

According to Dr. Bello, the State Surveillance Team is directly following up the suspected coronavirus case in the state. The suspect was said to have recently arrived Oluyole, Ibadan, from the United States of America.

“It must be noted that she arrived in Nigeria on the 8th of March and today 22nd of March is her 14th day post arrival, which has thus completed the isolation period,” the statement read.

He re-emphasised the need for the people of Oyo State to observe standard procedures of engagement at this time by maintaining social distance, regular hand washing and use of sanitisers.

“We also encourage Nigerians returning from COVID-19 affected countries to maintain the globally accepted protocol by self-isolating for 14 days and reporting any untoward conditions to the State medical personnel.

“Let us also use this opportunity to reaffirm that all schools are to remain closed till after the Easter holidays and until the State re-evaluates the situation on ground.”

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