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COVID-19: Police Apprehend Missing Osun Coronavirus Patient

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Ejigbo Isolation Centre

Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Osun State Police Command has apprehended the missing Coronavirus patient who escaped from the Ejigbo isolation centre.

The patient, a woman, was apprehended, hours after being declared missing by the state government.

This was confirmed by the Chief Press Secretary to Osun State Governor, Ismail Omipidan,

He said that the patient had been apprehended and returned to the facility.

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Omipadan further disclosed that the government is investigating her movement around the community with a view to tracing anyone who might have had contact with her.

He said; “It is true that a patient, a woman escaped from the isolation centre, but she has been apprehended and returned to the facility.

“Presently, we are investigating her movement to enable us to initiate contact tracing with anyone she might have contacted to avoid community spread of the deadly pandemic.”

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Meanwhile, the State Government on Saturday morning denied reports that six of the patients at the Isolation Centre had fled the facility.

The commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, dismissed the report and said after headcount, only one person could not be accounted for.

The statement read in parts, “Our attention has been drawn to a story purporting that six persons were missing from our Isolation Centre in Ejigbo.

“One of the writers quoted a non-existent statement from the government to lend some measure of credibility to the story.

“Nothing can be further from the truth. As a government, we have not issued any statement to confirm or deny such a story. Besides, a quick check showed that the name and number of the first person on the list of the purported missing patients are indeed currently in our facility in Ejigbo.

“Recall that about a week ago, we received 127 returnees from Ivory Coast and we have kept them since then to avoid community transfer of the virus.

“This morning we embarked on a headcount and found out that only one person could not be accounted for by officials stationed at the Isolation Centre out of the 127 persons.

“The State Government is currently investigating the matter and will ensure that the missing person is brought back to the Isolation Centre and we will also ensure we trace all his contacts.

“We want to reiterate that any official(s) found culpable will also be dealt with accordingly.

“We implore members of the public to discountenance the alarm being raised. We will continue to do everything to protect the lives of our citizens in this fight against Coronavirus.”

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