Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, says he alongside his wife, Kafayat, have tested negative to the coronavirus.
The first case of the virus in Osun was confirmed early Wednesday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Mr Oyetola told reporters on Wednesday during a briefing at the Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo that the state’s index case was a returnee from the United Kingdom.
“Considering the fact
that I was in Abuja for the better part of last week, as a way of leading by
example, I have also subjected myself to test. My wife, because of her recent
travel history also subjected herself to test. Both came back negative,” he
“Sadly, I want to say
that we have the first confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus in the State. It
was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
“The case is a
returnee from the United Kingdom and is currently receiving treatment.
“The sample was tested
at NCDC accredited Testing Centre, which is the African Centre of Excellence in
Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, Osun, and the result returned positive on
confirmed case is not the first one we will be subjected to an investigation.
But so far all the others have tested negative.
“The Government had
contacted the family of the patient and has since commenced contact tracing to
identify people who might have been in contact with the confirmed case.”
The governor urged all returnees from the UK, US, Europe, the West African Coast and other high-risk countries to self-isolate and submit themselves to test.
“I want to urge you all to continue to observe necessary precautionary measures by regularly washing your hands with water and soap and also maintain the prescribed social distance,” he said.