Exclusive! How Osun Coronavirus Case Saved State From Contact-Tracing

It is no longer news that a case of coronavirus has been recorded in Osun. What may be news to many is how the index case managed himself to arrive at the isolation facility provided by the state government without having any contact with anyone including his family members.

NPO Reports gathered from reliable sources close to the management of the index that the case is a returnee from the United Kingdom who arrived Nigeria through the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos about the last weekend.

The source said that the man, apparently suspecting that he had contracted the scourge, drove himself all the way from Lagos down to Osogbo, the state capital where his family is said to be residing.

However, our source said rather than go home to his family, he only contacted the phone numbers the state government had provided and submitted himself at the Asubiaro State Hospital where he is currently being managed.

"As a matter of fact, the man even locked himself inside the car until those who were to take him into isolation presented themselves and adequate precautions were taken to ensure there was no spread of the disease from him," the source said Wednesday morning. 

There have been anxieties in the state over possible infections of other people since the news came out of the first case in the state.

Attempts to speak with the State's Special Adviser on Public Health who is said to be in charge of the Corona virus campaigns, Pharmacist Siji Olamiju had not yielded results as at the time of this report. Calls placed to his telephone lines were not going through as our correspondent keep making efforts to get his official position on the case.

OSUN's CONNECTION WITH THE WORLD

Osun, located in the South-West region of Nigeria, has a population of about four million people. Many of the residents live in largely agrarian areas. 

But the state is not immune from constant contacts from all parts of the world. Streams of persons from cosmopolitan centres such as Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna are a daily affair.

The state is also exposed to other West African countries such as Cote D'Ivoire, Togo, Republic of Benin where a sizeable population of its indigenes also live and do businesses.  

 

 

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