COVID-19: OSUN AT RISK AS RETURNEES VIOLATE ISOLATION PROTOCOL
Nigeria is at risk of Community transmission of COVID-19 as reports indicate that another six (6) persons among the 127 Ejigbo returnees have tested positive for covid_19, making a total of 18.
Although the test results for others are still being awaited, it is expected that the numbers will keep increasing.
These returnees who are indigenes of Ejigbo Town in Osun State had earlier been rejected by Ogun State upon arrival, but were accepted by Osun State and quarantined at an Isolation Center in the State.
However, there are reports that these returnees have breached the Isolation protocol by sneaking into the communities to visit family members and friends further increasing the risk of spreading the virus to the community and the environs. It is also said that many of yet to be tested new batch of returnees have escaped. The State Government has therefore directed the Law Enforcement Agencies and the Traditional Rulers in the community to fish them out. This latest development exposes the state and the nation by extension to the risk of community transmission in Rural areas which will be difficult to track and curtail.
The people of Ejigbo town in Osun State are well travelled, with a long history of international emigration, especially in the West Africa, notably in Benin, Togo, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia etc.
They are also known to live a communal lifestyle. This is done in order to maintain the unity and cordial relationship they enjoy before travelling out of the country.