By Amara Christa
An Ondo American returnee who was suspected of having coronavirus in the state has tested negative.
The 70 years old returnee simply identified as David was rushed unconscious to the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital.
Some symptoms he presented like coughing, pneumonia including the fact that he just returned from Maryland, made doctors took precautionary move by isolating him and collected his samples for testing.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, on Saturday disclosed that the result of the suspected corona virus case has tested negative.
Dr. Adegbenro who declared that the state is currently free of corona virus said the Corona virus screening came out negative on Friday evening .
Adegbenro stated that there was no cause for panic in the state but all hands must be on deck to forestall outbreak of corona virus in the state.
At a meeting with religious leaders in the state, Dr Adegbenro said preventative measures as the antidote to contain spread of the corona virus.
Dr Adegbenro noted that social distancing was now compulsory and urged the religious leaders to discourage gathering of more than ten people, handshake, holding hands to pray as well as using the same cup for Holy Communion Cup.
Some religious leaders who spoke include : Pst Umar Idris, Bishop Olufemi Bankole, Rev. Stephen Fagbemi, Rt.Rev. Akomolafe, Rev. Nelson Fadoju amongst others and they all pledged their support for the government while tasking the government to be up and doing to protect the citizenry.
Governor Oluwarotini Akeredolu had on Thursday rolled out identified steps to help tackle spread of CONVID-19.
The steps included equipping the state infectious disease hospital as a treatment center for the disease, upgrading the state disease surveillance network to be able to identify cases and ensure proper community surveillance as well as rolled out a sustained media campaign on the COVID-19 infection.
Akeredolu said he has set up a high level inter-ministerial committee headed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, to coordinate the state’s response to COVID-19 challenge.
He said the committee was to activate, coordinate and drive the state response protocols and explore all means possible to curtail the threat of covid-19.
According to him, “In furtherance of this, we have also directed the closure of all primary and secondary schools as well tertiary institutions in the state as from Friday 20th, March, 2020 until further notice.
“This measure is to harvest our children into the safety net for proper monitoring and care.
“One major advantage that our state has is the experience and expertise we have developed over the years from our fight against Lassa fever and other infections.