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COVID-19: Gov. Makinde In Self-Isolation

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Governor Seyi Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has disclosed that he is on self-isolation.

The governor said he had gone on self-isolation on advice by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to governors who attended the last National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

In a live tweet chat monitored by News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Ibadan on Saturday, Makinde said that governors who attended the NEC meeting came in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

“We were all advised to self-isolate and go for test. I have been in self-isolation since then.” he tweeted.

On compliance with all directives aimed at curbing the spread of the disease in the state; the governor said: “We have an enforcement team which will ensure compliance.

“If there is a gathering of more than 10 people, for instance, they will be dispersed. If it is a nightclub, we seal it, until the ban is lifted.”

The governor said that the state’s testing capacity was limited, but it improved by setting up two diagnostic centres in collaboration with the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.

According to him, more people can be be tested once NCDC certifies the facilities.

“Setting up testing centres will enable us to test more people which means that those showing symptoms can get tested regardless of their travel history,” he said.

On efforts toward public sensitisation; Makinde tweeted, “We are stepping up both enlightenment campaigns and enforcement measures.

“We have disease durveillance and notification ifficers in all the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs.

“Also, local government caretaker chairpersons are involved in enlightenment campaigns and implementation of directives.

“Of course, if we have sustained community transmission, we will have to implement cluster lockdowns which are more effective than general lockdowns.

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