Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said on Wednesday that the state would explore ‘ home -grown solutions’ in the prevention and cure of COVID – 19 in the state.
Makinde said since Nigerians had their ways of dealing with flu, catarrh and cough differently from the Western world , the state would device a cure .
The governor said this during a briefing shortly after the state ’ s COVID – 19 Task Force meeting held at the Government House , Agodi , Ibadan .
He said as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in Oyo State, the government was already working on laws that would compel the use of face masks .
Makinde, said , “ We are looking at local solutions.
I know that a lot of people have been calling me all sorts of names on the social media but , from my experience , one thing that I know you have to do to conquer the virus is that you have to boost your immunity .
We do have local solutions and, of course , we have to defer to experts ’ opinion as part of the home – grown solution to deal with COVID – 19 .
“ People may ask if we have been funding the research institutes very well.
They may even ask if we are in a position to bring any kind of solution to the world.
My answer is yes .
Even chewing something like bitter – cola . When the western world was having flu season , they had flu shots . But here , we have things like catarrh .
When we are crossing over from dry season to rainy season , people always fall sick . Cold , cough, catarrh, we have ways of dealing with all of these locally . ”
The governor said the isolation process for the two new confirmed cases of COVID – 19 had already been initiated and contact tracing and collection of samples had commenced
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