Press Release of Ogun State on Lockdown

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun posted the press briefing on COVID 19.

“Good people of Ogun State, see highlights of my press briefing on COVID-19 today, 22nd May, 2020 with updates on the lockdown, and response strategies and facilities:

We have experienced the highest increase in number of cases in the last one week since the index case was recorded. While we have discharged a total of 36 cases, we recorded 49 new cases in the last one week (with 37% increase), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 183

As a testament to the fact that we are set to increase our testing capacity from 450 to 600 per day, the NCDC today arrived the State to certify our Molecular Laboratory in OOUTH, Sagamu.

However, having it in mind that confirmed cases keep increasing due to the flagrant disregard for measures and restrictions, especially the interstate travel ban, we will be maintaining the lockdown window on Monday 25th May, 2020, Wednesday 27th, and Friday 29th between 7am (morning) and 5pm (evening).

As an instance, 4 people travelling in from Niger State were intercepted by Officers in Abeokuta on four days ago, while 19 people travelling in through illegal land borders from Togo and Cote d’Ivoire were intercepted and quarantined at Idi-Iroko on Wednesday.

But we have charged 224 lockdown and curfew violators to Mobile Courts already.

To enhance our healthcare capacity, we are already renovating select Primary Healthcare Centres across the State, while we have trained 200 personnel with the PHCs and some private health facilities, which would be accredited by the @NCDCgov, on the specialised handling & management of the virus. As we include CDAs and community leaders in the training, about 2,500 participants would eventually be trained. Involving our community leaders would increase sensitisation on curbing community spread.

As we prepare for full business operations and further ease of the lockdown which will commence on 1st June, 2020, we have adopted the “See and Treat” protocol, where symptomatic patients would start receiving treatment even before results are out.

I am glad to announce that many establishments with large staff bases have begun carrying out COVID-19 steps, and I am hopeful others would follow suit.

We will commence the third phase of the relief package distribution over the weekend, to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 restrictions”.

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