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No lockdown during palliatives distribution – Gov. Makinde

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OYO State Governor, Seyi Makinde has said the state would not be locked down totally during the distribution of palliatives to cushion the effects of the stay-at-home order necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Makinde said this on Monday in a telephone interview programme on Fresh FM Radio Station in Ibadan, while giving update on COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

He added that the distribution will be done simultaneously across the 33 local government areas in the state.

He said “It will be done simultaneously in all the local governments this week but there won’t be a total lock down for the purpose as suggested by the committee in charge.”

Makinde also explained that the state secretariat was opened to business despite the COVID-19 pandemic  to strike a balance between the physical health and the economic health of the state.

 Gov Makinde stressed that those in the cadre of people who resumed work, have their separate offices and meetings will be held on-line while visitors will be restricted so that all precautionary measures will be taken.

 Asked if he was satisfied with the limited rate of testing which as at the time of the interview stood at 600 plus, Makinde used the opportunity to express gratitude to all members of the COVID-19 team and stressed that actions are taken based on the advice of experts.

He recollected that when he tested positive, all around him were tested and out of 13, only one tested positive and the same method is used to ascertain potential carriers when we see somebody positive.

On the protection for health workers, the governor said he had approved a package for them including volunteers and that some of his special advisers are already working out the modality to manufacture the materials locally which obviously would be one of the gains after the pandemic.

 Speaking on the communication gap between the state government and the University College Hospital, Ibadan, the governor stated that the two had been working harmoniously until there was a little friction but disclosed that a line of action is already in place to have a better relationship.

On the level of compliance to the government directives on partial lock down, the governor said all avenues were being exploited not to put the people at risk including the use of technology. He however stressed that if any community is found suspicious to harbour the pandemic, the government would not hesitate to lock down the community.

The governor had on Saturday, announced  that no fewer than 120,000 households and groups will benefit from the palliatives being planned by the state.

Gov Makinde, who addressed newsmen at the end of a meeting of the state’s COVID-19 Task Force said 90,000 households identified as poorest of the poor and another 30,000 vulnerable households across Oyo State would benefit from the palliatives.

According to him, the said palliatives would help in cushioning the harsh economic effects of the novel coronavirus in the state.

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