The Osun State Government, has debunked speculations that 6 patients who tested positive to the coronavirus in the State, have escaped from an Isolation Centre, in Ejigbo.
A statement titled: “The Truth about Ejigbo returnees – Osun Govt.”, and issued by Mrs. Funke Egbemode, the State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, had noted that only one returnee out of the 127 of them from Ivory Coast, could be accounted for, after a head count conducted by State Officials, on Saturday morning.
The debunk statement from the State Government however, reads in full: “Our attention has been drawn to a story purporting that 6 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 story. Besides, a quick check showed that the name and number of the first person on the list of the purported missing patients, is 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 the coronavirus.”