Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has said that about 60 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in the state were linked to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, the state capital.
The governor disclosed this while speaking on a programme on Fresh 105.9 FM, ‘COVID-19 Situation Room’ on Monday.
“The three additional cases and the fatality that occurred in the state yesterday (Sunday) are all linked to UCH. Almost 60 per cent of the cases in Ibadan are linked to the place but I feel they have been a little bit defensive. I had reached out to the CMD.
“The Federal Ministry of Health has sent a letter to all federal tertiary teaching institutions to work with their respective states and we have opened a line of communication with UCH. It may not be fantastic but it is open and we are brutally frank with ourselves.
“Apart from us reaching out to the UCH management, we have asked them to bring somebody as representative to work on the COVID-19 committee and we are asking them to work with our Commissioner for Health on accreditation and setting up of isolation centres.”
The governor who addressed the issue of 1,800 bags of infested rice donated by the Federal Government to the state, confirmed that the state is making plans to return them.
“We checked the bags of rice and we discovered that they were infested with weevils and unfit for human consumption.
“I called the Ekiti State Governor (Kayode Fayemi), who is the NGF chairman and he confirmed to me that they have similar problem. I read in the newspapers this morning that Ondo too has the same problem and wants to return theirs as well.
“Since we are not distributing the rice, we have to return it. I won’t use Oyo State money to destroy rice seized by Customs, they should destroy it themselves.”