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Oyo begins Decontamination of Secretariat

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OYO State Government has commenced fumigation of its secretariat located at Agodi in Ibadan.

  Governor Seyi Makinde at the commencement of the fumigation of the state secretariat on Monday, said the decontamination was part of the efforts of the state government to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Oyo State

  Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, Governor Makinde urged other corporate bodies to be responsive by also embarking on a decontamination exercise around their properties, urging them to follow specifications to avoid health consequences as a result of the chemical.

  The SSG, who appealed to all residents of the state to continue to follow all the guidelines issued by the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force on how the disease could be prevented from spreading in the state, said adherence to the directives remained key in the fight against the disease.

  “As you have heard from the governor several times, there are many other guidelines given to us which I will reiterate that we continue to follow.

  “We have been told a lot about social distancing. It is very key to us and all over the world in containing the spread of this virus.

  She enjoined residents who see signs or have had any contact with a suspected case of COVID-19 to quickly call the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) help lines that had been provided for proper guidance on the step to take.

  Earlier in her remarks chairman of the COVID-19 decontamination and containment project, Prof  Olanike Adeyemo said only places with possible cases of COVID-19 needed to be decontaminated while other public places would receive mild fumigation.

  “I want to clarify that decontamination is only done when it is indicated. So, on the contrary to what is being done anywhere else, we are doing what is necessary to protect the citizenry. Like I always say, when you decontaminate, you are not spraying water, you are spraying chemicals. So, we will not do it unless it is indicated,” she said.

  She admonished people with land use facilities such as households, pharmacies, hotels, churches, mosques, banks and event centres, among others, to emulate the good gesture of the government by decontaminating their environment in order to make them safe from this virus.

  Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello emphasised that the fumigation exercise was done to make the environment safe.

  Members of the team for the containment exercise were volunteers from the University of Ibadan who were supporting the state government as part of their corporate social responsibilities.

  The three -day fumigation exercise ends tommorrow while the secretariat is expected to be opened next week Monday.

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