By Henry Odeh
The caretaker chairman of Omi/Apata Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon Sherrif Adeojo, has commended what he called grassroots sensitization campaign on COVID-19 otherwise called coronavirus.
Hon Adeojo stated that the grassroots sensitization campaign on the dreaded virus was important and necessary in order to reach out to people at various communities in the area.
The caretaker chairman who went round various communities including Elebu, Gbekuba, Kuola ,New garage, Owode inter state among others on Thursday (today) stressed the need for everyone to adhere strictly to health directives and advise from the state government and health experts.
He said that the greater threat is not just the fact that the virus is ravaging every parts of the world but the fact that there is yet no known cure for the extremely contagious virus hence the need to stop having physical contacts or gathering in numbers that exceeds the stipulated 30 persons.
Part of Adeojo’s address at one of the communities which was made available to Sunrise Bulletin reads in part: “The issue of coronavirus is one of the most dreaded if not the most dreaded challenge humans across the globe have had to deal with because once you flout the guidelines and standard precautionary practice you may have it and expose yourself and many others to severe danger.
“We all must as a matter of civic duty and responsibility follow all stipulated standard precautionary practice of regular hand washing with soap and clean water, live healthily, and avoid physical contacts with people until this dark period is behind us as a people.
“This is not about government or any government functionary, this fight is about us as a people, and as a people that has defeated many adversaries together in time past one of which in recent times was Ebola, and I believe with your full cooperation with government this time too shall pass without any casualty.
“I urge you all to please stay calm and ensure you pass this message to your wards within and around Oyo state to as a matter of civic duty and responsibility stay at home, avoid public gathering.
“Let us eschew the habit of nonchalance at this point, let us avoid attributing religious coloration to the virus by flouting government directives even at our various places of worships either Christians, Muslims, or traditionalists to converge in numbers that is above 30 persons.
“It is my believe that with our collective strict adherence and compliance with government directives, we would not only be staying safe but also helping the government to help us fight the virus out of our land.”
He however assured that the state government in collaboration with health and medical experts are working round the clock to fight the virus and keep the people safe from getting infected.