Coronavirus scare: Deji suspends palace activities indefinitely
By Tola Gbadamosi
As part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, the palace of the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II, has suspended all cases before the palace till further notice.
A press release from the palace said Deji took the decision in strict adherence to the Government’s directives on avoidance of large gathering of people in a place.
The statement said, ”The Deji has observed with utmost interest, the rising wave of the Coronavirus across the world. His Majesty wishes to appreciate the timely intervention of the Ondo State Governor at stemming the tide of a possible spread of the virus to the state. Though, all the reported cases in Ondo State had tested negative, the efforts of the governor in ensuring a disease-free Ondo State cannot be over emphasized.
”His Majesty is also fully aware of the efforts of government, through the taskforce headed by the Commissioner for Health and wishes to enjoin all residents of Akure to comply with the directives of the Federal and State Governments on preventive measures such as washing of hands, avoiding overcrowded gatherings among other measures.
”His Majesty has also directed all Heads of various markets (Iyalojas’) to, as a matter of urgency, provide buckets and liquid soaps for washing of hands in their various markets. Hand sanitizers should also be made available where necessary.
”In addition, all Senior and Quarters Chiefs should ensure adequate compliance with this directive in all the markets within their jurisdictions.”
It said the palace will continue to partner with the government and all relevant stakeholders in ensuring that all hands are on deck to deal with this epidemic.
It, therefore, advised that anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 to report to the nearest Government Health Institutions.
Meanwhile, all residents have been encouraged not to panic, but pray at this critical time, maintain good personal hygiene and observe all the measures being put in place by the Ministry of Health.