The National Association of Nigerian students (NANS) has appealed to Federal Government to support Osun state government as cases rise to 14, Mouthpiece NGR reports.
The association in a statement jointly signed by Com. Agbogunleri Seun Michael (GANDHI), Chairman, NANS JCC OSUN AXIS, Com. Ogunsakin Oluwafemi Sunday (SAXOPHEMMY) Secretary, NANS JCC OSUN AXIS and Com.Raji Keji (PARACETAMOL) P.r.o, NANS JCC OSUN AXIS, said the current trending pandemic that’s ravaging the whole world is gradually sinking Osun state as it emerged third on list of the highest records.
OSUN STATE is almost taking the lead as the state now has 14 cases while FCT has 35 and Lagos with 91 records.
The statement reads: “The current trending pandemic that’s ravaging the whole”.
“Kindly recall that,
On 28 January 2020, the Federal government of Nigeria assured citizens of the country of its readiness to strengthen surveillance at five international airports in the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The government announced the airports as Enugu, Lagos, Rivers, Kano and the FCT. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control also announced same day that they had already set up coronavirus group and was ready to activate its incident system if any case emerged in Nigeria.”
“However, since then the number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing day by day as NCDC confirms cases in other states of the federation.
“As a matter of fact according to the NCDC, the number of, COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is now 174 and OSUN STATE is almost taking the lead as the state now has 14 cases while FCT has 35 and Lagos has 91.
“According to State of Osun Commissioner for Health, Rafiu Isamotu, and Ismail Omipidan, the chief press secretary to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, said the state’s figure of confirmed cases suddenly rose to 14 between Monday and Wednesday.
“According to Mr Omipidan, apart from the index case, who had earlier surrendered himself for test and another contact, who screened positive, the additional 12 cases are among 127 indigenes of the state who returned from C last week.
“As a result of the development, Osun has now overtaken neighbouring Oyo to rank third on the ladder of states with high numbers of recorded cases in Nigeria.
“It’s important and urgent for the state government to be more proactive and diligent than before in order to prevent the Cote d’Ivoire returnee from mixing with the people of the state as this can further increase the number of cases in the state.
“We also want to let it be known to the FG that the State Government Of Osun is making efforts to set up suitable isolation centers in the state.
“In conclusion, the students’ community in the State of Osun demands that FG should extend the kind of support that was given to Lagos and Ogun to State of Osun to further curtail the spread of the disease.
“Also, it is our prayer that God in His infinite mercy will help the World at large to overcome this pandemic disease. Amen”