Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, said Saturday that 10 out of the 17 Ivory Coast returnees receiving treatment for coronavirus at the state isolation centre had been discharged.
Oyetola, who disclosed this while addressing journalists on the COVID-19 situation in the state, said the patients were discharged after testing negative for the disease twice.
He said the patients would be reunited with their families after undergoing the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocol.
The governor added that 11 coronavirus patients have now been discharged from hospital in the state, while seven others are responding to treatment.
He said: “The release of 10 patients today (Saturday) brings to 11, the number of cases that have tested negative twice and have been discharged after treatment in the State of Osun.
“This development underscores our belief that coronavirus is not a death sentence, but it is treatable if the patients surrender themselves for treatment on time.
“These successful treatments should also encourage persons who are feeling unwell to come out for testing and treatment if found positive. These are proofs that we have the right equipment and personnel to handle the coronavirus pandemic.”
The governor told the people of the state that the restriction of movement is still in force in Osun, saying the decision on whether or not to relax the directive would only be considered after the review of the situation.
Oyetola added: “The essence of lockdown is to curb community transmission of the coronavirus pandemic. There is no two ways to achieve this but through restriction of movement.
“Our boundaries are closed to vehicle coming into the state from any part of the country. The issue of relaxing the lockdown will suffice after two weeks when we review the situation.”
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