Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says that 64 people have so far tested for COVID-19 in the state.
Makinde, who stated this in his Twitter handle monitored in Ibadan, said that the five new confirmed cases announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Saturday, May 9, brought the number to 64.
He tweeted “the COVID-19 confirmation tests for five suspected cases came back POSITIVE.
“The cases are from the following local government areas: Ibadan North (2), a foreigner in Surulere, Ibadan North East (1) and Ibadan South West (1).
“So the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is sixty-four.”
OYO STATE COVID-19 TASK FORCE UPDATE (MAY 09, 2020)
1. The COVID-19 confirmation tests for five suspected cases came back POSITIVE. The cases are from the following Local Government Areas: Ibadan North (2), a foreigner in Surulere, Ibadan North East (1) & Ibadan South West (1). pic.twitter.com/2nJNqy3LJW
— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) May 9, 2020
Makinde urged the general public to call the emergency operations centre; if they found travellers from other states arriving in their neighbourhood.
He gave the numbers as 08095394000, 08095863000, 08078288999 or 08078288800.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Friday, May 8; revealed that the Federal Government would dispatch its technical teams to validate the claims by Kogi and Cross River states that they did not have COVID-19 cases.
Ehanire made this assertion at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He said the initial team dispatched to Kogi had a failed mission because of “some differences” with the state authorities; but that a fresh engagement would be carried out.
Ehanire said, “Kogi State is one of the two states that have said that they do not have COVID-19 patients. They seem to be sure of this.
“So, the agreement we have had with them after discussion with the governor is that we shall send a team in just to validate that fact and engage the authorities.
“Of course, we do that for national records and to be able to report to the world the situation in our country. We tried to send a team into Kogi on Thursday but there were some differences there.
“So, we need to engage the state governor again and state some conditions within which the ministry and NCDC can complete their jobs. We are going to send a team to Cross River next week also.”