By Toby Prince
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has tested negative to the coronavirus.
Mr Oyetola made this known at a press conference on Wednesday, revealed that his wife, Kafayat, also tested negative.
The first case of the virus in Osun was confirmed early Wednesday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“Considering the fact that I was in Abuja for the better part of last week, as a way of leading by example, I have also subjected myself to test. My wife, because of her recent travel history also subjected herself to test. Both came back negative,” he said.
“Sadly, I want to say that we have the first confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus in the State. It was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
“The case is a returnee from the United Kingdom and is currently receiving treatment.
“The sample was tested at NCDC accredited Testing Centre, which is the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, Osun, and the result returned positive on Tuesday night.
“However, this confirmed case is not the first one we will be subjected to an investigation. But so far all the others have tested negative.
“The Government had contacted the family of the patient and has since commenced contact tracing to identify people who might have been in contact with the confirmed case.”
The governor urged all returnees from the UK, US, Europe, the West African Coast and other high-risk countries to self-isolate and submit themselves to test.
“I want to urge you all to continue to observe necessary precautionary measures by regularly washing your hands with water and soap and also maintain the prescribed social distance,” he said.