Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has extended the current lockdown relaxation enjoyed by state residents with the relaxation window on Monday, Wednesday and Monday for a week Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until the 31st of this month.
Speaking at a press conference in his Okemosan office in the state capital, the governor said that the second phase of the detente was to begin on June 1, with more ; opportunities for residents to engage in other business activities.
While denouncing the level of compliance in the state which he says has led to an increase in the community spread of the coronavirus, he noted however that more measures are being put in place to increase testing and analysis of samples.
Below is the full text of the governor's speech given earlier on Friday.
Good folks from Ogun State, see highlights from my press briefing on COVID-19 today, May 22, 2020 with updates on lockdown, and strategies and facilities Answer:
We have experienced the largest increase in the number of cases in the last week since the index case was recorded.
Although we have released a total of 36 cases, we have registered 49 new cases in the past week (with an increase of 37%), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 183.
Proof that we need to increase our testing capacity from 450 to 600 per day, the NCDC arrived today in the state to certify our molecular laboratory at OOUTH, Sagamu.
However, knowing that the confirmed cases continue to increase due to the blatant disregard for the measures and restrictions, especially the travel ban between states, we will maintain the lock window on Monday May 25, 2020, Wednesday 27 and … Friday 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For example, 4 people from the State of Niger were intercepted by agents in Abeokuta four days ago, while 19 people who crossed illegal land borders from Togo and Côte d & # 39; Ivoire were intercepted and quarantined in Idiroko on Wednesday.
But we have already charged 224 lockout and curfew offenders at the mobile courts.
To improve our health care capacity, we are already renovating some primary health care centers across the state, while we have trained 200 staff from PHC and some private health facilities, who would be accredited by the NCDC on the management of specialized handling of the virus. As we include CDAs and community leaders in the training, approximately 2,500 participants would eventually be trained. The participation of our community leaders would increase awareness of reducing community spread.
As we prepare for full business operations and for the ease of lockdown that will begin on June 1, 2020, we have adopted the "See and Treat" protocol, where symptomatic patients would start receiving treatment before the results even are not known.
I am pleased to report that many establishments with a large staff base have started to perform COVID-19 tests, and I hope others will follow.
We will begin the third phase of relief package distribution over the weekend, in order to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 restrictions.
While this may not relieve us all due to the restrictions in place, be aware that it is the great sacrifice that we all have to pay to stay alive, as only the living human can pursue his dreams.
I congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters as we look forward to the successful end of the Ramadan fast. Our government aligns with the position of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), whose Secretary General, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, is the happy son of our dear state, and enjoins the faithful State Muslims to comply with directives to offer their Eid prayers at home.
May Allah Almighty (SWT) keep us witnesses to many years of Ramadan.
I appreciate our front line workers and the entire population of Ogun State for their sacrifices, support and cooperation, including voluntary humanitarian donations from individuals and Well-intentioned organizations.
May we all see the end of the pandemic.