COVID 19: Rep raises alarm over infected constituents violating self- isolation rules

The federal lawmaker representing Ede North, Ede South, Egbedore and Ejigbo federal constituency, Hon Bamidele Salam, has raised the alarm on alleged violation of self- isolation rules by some of his constituents already confirmed positive for Coronavirus in Osun state.

The state as at Tuesday this week, had confirmed five index cases of the virus before geometrically jumping to 14 on Wednesday on account of nine out of 103 Ejigbo returnees from Cote d’ ivoire testing positive for the virus.

While outcomes of medical test being carried out on the other returnees by the state government are still being awaited, some of the already isolated ones are alleged to be attending to their relatives at the isolation centres in the night.

In a danger averting statement issued in Abuja Thursday, Hon Salam called on the appropriate authorities in the state to track down relatives of the isolated people who embarked on such visitation and prevent those in isolation from having such accessibility any longer.

The worried lawmaker also appealed to Ejigbo residents to fish out any of such people they know as a way of preventing outbreak of the disease in the community.

The statement reads, “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.”

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