At least six patients who tested positive for Coronavirus in Osun state have allegedly gone missing from the isolation center at Gedu in Ejigbo area of the state.
POLITICS NIGERIA learned that the state has launched a manhunt for the six persons who escaped from the isolation centre on Friday night.
The announcement enlisted the names of the six infected persons; LAWAL Waliyulah, Masifa Ejigbo; LASISI Murafat, Olugbodi’s compound Ejigbo; Ganiyat Alabi; Yusuff Afees, Ile Alawe, Ejigbo; Isola Abibat, Ile Olori, Ejigbo; Nua Oyeleye, Ile Jesu, Oguro Ejigbo, and, Juel Olasupo, Ile Baale Ejigbo,.
When the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ismail Omipidan was contacted on phone, he did not confirm nor deny.
He simply told our correspondent that headcount will be done, adding that he has called one of the numbers on a list of “escapee patients” circulating on social media.
He said the person whom he spoke with confirmed being at the isolation centre.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Asked if the facility is conducive, Omipidan said: “The hospital where they are kept is newly built. It’s a new facility.”