*As Covid-19 Claims 13 in 7 Days Amidst Political Tension
Beyond the tension created by the power tussle between Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, and his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola, there are indications that people in the state may have more reasons for to be on the edge. In what seems to be double trouble, reports say 13 persons lost their lives in 7 days from the ongoing 3rd wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
The disclosure is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo by the state commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode.
The commissioner, who noted that the gains recorded by the state in the fight against the pandemic in the last twelve months is being gradually eroded, warned residents of the state to do away with the costly assumption that the state is Covid-19 free. The solution, she added, is for everyone to act responsibly by taking seriously their personal safety and those of their family members. According to her, more Covid-19 deaths will occur if they continue to disregard safety protocols.
“The commendable gains the state recorded in the fight against Covid-19 over the last one year, is gradually been obliterated by this inevitable resurgence given how our people have almost totally let down their guards. In just one week, we recorded 13 Covid-19 related deaths. The government is worried about this sad turn of events.
“Let’s be reminded that Osun is not an Island. We are surrounded by other states and people move into and outside the state everyday for socio-economic reasons.
“We need to take responsibility for our safety, especially considering the fact that what we are dealing with in this third wave is deadlier than the first two waves.
“Costly assumptions at this time could indeed be costly. Let us be deliberate about our safety, and let us submit ourselves to be tested to be sure of our status, especially when we feel ill. Early detection is still as important as ever because self-meducation thins the survival margin,” she noted.
The commission reiterated that while it is important for relevant authorities, including the state government, to carry out assigned responsibilities in combating the spread of the virus, there is also the greater need for citizens to adhere to prescribed safety protocols.
“While the government will continue to shore up its efforts in combating the pandemic and its effect on the State, citizens are enjoined to ensure absolute adherence to the non-pharmaceutical safety protocols. Wear your mask always, keep clean surfaces at home and in work spaces, wash or sanitise your hands as often as possible and avoid crowded spaces always.
The more nonchalant and careless we become at a time like this, the more we open ourselves up to the dangerous effects of the pandemic,” her statement read in part.