As the state prepares to resume back to academics after 5 months of lockdown prompted by the global pandemic, Ondo State inter-ministerial chairman, Prof Adesegun Fatusi said the guidelines for the return of academic activities in the state are being reviewed in line with the level of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Fatusi made this known in Akure during a press briefing on Coronavirus noting that the pandemic committee was aware that some states had released a timetable for the resumption of schools.
According to him, the committee was also doing a comprehensive review across all sectors this week in preparation of a full fledge resumption.
“We are watching not only what other states are doing, but the state of the pandemic in Ondo State. One of the fastest ways to learn is through other people’s experience.”
“It would also help us in our modelling of what is likely to happen, so you can be sure we are reviewing the guidelines regarding our educational sectors.
“But we can’t tell you more because the committee is headed by the governor, so there will be discussions on latest guidelines and recommendations based on the state pandemic,” He said.
The chairman also enjoined political leaders and parties to take all measures to adhere to COVID 19 guidelines and protocols during the forthcoming October 10 governorship election.
“This is what separates us from Lagos and Oyo, they have no elections, so we can’t copy blindly because we must take cognizance of our social context.
“We believe vehemently that political parties are out for elections to provide good governance, and to ensure the health and well-being of the people. Therefore, activities that will endanger the people will not be in tandem with the fundamental governance of political system,” he said.
Speaking further, Fatusi noted that health who are frontliners in fight against the pandemic have been severely infected.
“In the past, 418 health workers have been infected by the virus in the state but for past weeks now, no health workers have been infected.”
While affirming that laboratories are set to roll up in the next two weeks and more rooms for isolation centres, he, however, appealed to churches, mosques, social events to comply with all the guidelines of COVID 19 throughout their events.
Meanwhile, he urged the guidelines enforcement team to be up and doing in the discharge of their duties in ensuring that people adhere strictly to the laid down guidelines.
“Enforcement team should perform their duties all through the events. Most people use facemask into churches, Mosques, and social events but remove it instantly. The enforcement team should work well in ensuring strict compliance of guidelines.”
Earlier, Adeyalo Ogundare who represented the state Epidemiologist, stated that the total number of confirmed cases is 1539, while the deaths recorded is 30 out of the 4855 collected cases.