The Osun State government has denied reports that six coronavirus (COVID-19) patient had escaped isolation center in Ejigbo.
The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, made this known in a statement on Saturday.
The government said this is far from the truth as only one patient was unaccounted for when there was a head count at the isolation centre.
“Our attention has been drawn to a story purporting that six persons were missing from our Isolation centre in Ejigbo.
“Nothing can be further from the truth. As a government, we have not issued any statement to confirm or deny such story. Besides, a quick check showed that the name and number of the first person on the list of the purported missing patients, is indeed currently in our facility in Ejigbo.
“This morning we embarked on a headcount and found out that only one person could not be accounted for by officials stationed at the Isolation centre out of the 127 persons.
About a week ago, the state received 127 returnees from Ivory Coast and has since kept them in isolation to avoid community transfer of the virus.
The state government said it is currently investigating the matter and will ensure that the missing person is brought back to the Isolation centre and we will conduct contact tracing.
The State also noted that any official(s) found culpable, will be dealt with accordingly.
The state government therefore, implored members of the public to disregard the alarm being raised as they will continue to do everything to protect the lives of citizens in this fight against Coronavirus.