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Covid19: tension as infected Ivory Coast returnee escaped in Osun

By Olawale Oyegbade, The Nigerian Voice, S/W Bureau Chief
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There was tension in Osun State today as one of the Covid19 infected Ivory Coast returnees that were quarantined in Ejigbo, Osun state escaped from the facility.

The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation in the state, Mrs. Funke Egbemode confirmed that the patient was missing.

She debunked the rumour that six patients escaped from the center and insisted that it was only one.

Egbemode said any official found culpable will be dealt with accordingly.

She said "Our attention has been drawn to a story purporting that six persons were missing from our Isolation centre in Ejigbo."

"One of the writers quoted a non-existent statement from the government to lend some measure of credibility to the story."

"Nothing can be further from the truth. As a government, we have not issued any statement to confirm or deny such story. Besides, a quick check showed that the name and number of the first person on the list of the purported missing patients, is indeed currently in our facility in Ejigbo."

"Recall that about a week ago, we received 127 returnees from Ivory Coast and we have kept them since then to avoid community transfer of the virus."

"This morning we embarked on a headcount and found out that only one person could not be accounted for by officials stationed at the Isolation centre out of the 127 persons."

"The State Government is currently investigating the matter and will ensure that the missing person is brought back to the Isolation centre and we will also ensure we trace all his contacts."

"We implore members of the public to discountenance the alarm being raised. We will continue to do everything to protect the lives of our citizens in this fight against Coronavirus."