The Osun Government on Saturday said headcount will be done to know the true situation of things at the isolation centre in the state.
Ismail Omipidan, chief press secretary to the governor, made the statement while reacting to reports six patients escaped from General Hospital, Ejigbo, where those suspected of contracting coronavirus are being kept.
Omipidan said: “I can’t confirm the report that some persons have escaped from the isolation centre. We are about doing a headcount. I spoke with the commissioner for information on this issue.”
“There are currently 20 coronavirus cases in Osun and 18 of this figure are from the 127 returnees from Ivory Coast.
“They claimed they were from Osun and when His Excellency, Gov Oyetola, got that information, he reached out to his Ogun state counterpart to provide security for the returnees to get here and the Ogun state government graciously did that.
“However, when the returnees got here and we profiled them, we discovered that not all of them are from Osun. Some are from Kwara, Oyo, Ekiti, Edo and Anambra.
“We decided to keep them in our holding facility here in Osun in good faith. Those with the disease could transmit it if they are allowed to go to their various states, that’s why we made sure that they did not leave.”
On the condition of the isolation centre, Omipidan said: “The hospital where they are kept is newly built. It’s a new facility.”