As part of measures by the State Government of Osun to curtail the spread of the deadly Covid-19, Commissioner For Information and Civic Orientation Mrs Olufunke Egbemode on Wednesday went on a sensitization exercise to some rural communities in the state.
The exercise took Mrs Egbemode and her team to rural communities in Iwo, Ayedire and Olaoluwa local government areas where the commissioner expressed satisfaction at the level of compliance to the stay at home order of the state government in the fight against the virus.
While sensitizing residents of some rural communities on the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Commissioner who was represented by the the Director in the Department of Grassroots and Public Enlightenment, Mrs Boade Shaniyi told the rural dwellers to always adhere to the safety regulations as laid down by government.
The Commissioner urged them to take their personal hygiene seriously, while encouraging them to ensure regular washing of their hands with soap and clean water, just as she asked them to maintain social distancing and avoid crowded areas.
While speaking on the need to cooperate with government in the fight against the novel virus, the government spokesperson said the virus is real and no respecter of anyone, stressing that the only way to defeat Covid-19 is to adhere strictly to government protocols and maintain good personal hygeiene.
Mrs Egbemode who stressed that government is not out to punish the people with the lockdown, maintained that the extension of the stay at home order became necessary so as to build on the successes recorded during the first lockdown and to further curtail the virus from spreading in Osun.
According to the government spokesperson, “I must first of all commend you on the compliance with the stay at home order, you have truly portrayed yourselves as “Omoluabi” which we are known for in the state of Osun.
“The stay at home order is one of the ways of fighting the virus, the virus does not move, it is people that carries it around and that is why Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has asked us to stay at home. The stay at home is for our own good and inflict pain on you.
“Mr Governor feels your plight and your pains, he knows that you are hardworking people who always wants to go out and work, but we must all cooperate to deal with this Pandemic so that we can quickly go back to our normal ways of life.
“The virus is an unseen enemy that has come to wage war against humanity, let us maintain social distancing, we should wash our hands with soap and water regularly and report any cases of anyone with symptoms of the virus to the nearest government health facility.
“The only way out of this pandemic is to observe the guidelines which is, regular washing of hands with soap and water, maintaining social distancing and covering nose and mouth with mask because the virus is spread majorly by droplets from cough and sneezes”. Egbemode stated.
Speaking with the Ministry Information and Civic Orientation newscrew, Mrs Idiat Adeleke, who’s a resident of Ọgbààgbà in Ayedire local government commended the efforts of the state government in containing the virus, saying the Governor’s efforts is yielding results.
Also speaking, Ademola Akinleye, a resident of Iwo thanked the administration of Mr Adegboyega Oyetola for taking measures to curb the spread of the virus, stressing that the intervention of the Governor in the health since assumption of office is unprecedented.
Rural areas visited for the sensitization against the deadly Covid-19 include in the three local governments include: Ìwòye, Ọgbààgbà, Bode Òsì, Ikire-Ile, Ameree, Ile-Ogbó and Odò-Orí, Araromi, Telu Square, Òkè-Odò, Bowen University main gate all ín Iwo.
Others are :Songbe, Olupanna, Kuta among others.
The sensitization trip to rural communities in the state of Osun on the novel Coronavirus continues tommorow.