Osogbo -The Osun Commissioner for Environment, Prof. Bukola Oyawoye, said all roads leading to Osun Groove would be barricade on Friday to screen tourists for Ebola virus.
Oyawoye said in Osogbo that three centres had been established for the screening of tourists against Ebola virus.
to her, health workers have been directed to man the centres and
screened people with the aid of infra-red equipment before granting them
access to the groove.
The commissioner said the measure became necessary to keep Osogbo people and tourists save from Ebola spread.
She said Ebola was a contagious disease, adding that people were vulnerable during the festival because of crowd.
said that necessary consultation had been made with the stakeholders to
crave their understanding and cooperation during the celebration.
have warned people who do not have specific business in the groove to
steer clear because the grand procession is exclusive for the kings,
chiefs, the votary maid, and others. The government has advised people
to watch the proceedings from the comfort of their homes as the
programme will definitely come up live on the TV,’’ she said.
mixed reactions have continued to trail the restriction order, while
some applauded the action, others berated the decision, describing it as
Dotun Osuntokun, a culture expert, commended the
government for being proactive to protect the people of the state
against the deadly virus.
He said the litmus test of good leadership was the ability to identify problem before it became an emergency.
According to him, when people are alive, there is always an opportunity to celebrate to the fullest without hindrance.
Gbonjubola Adubi, enunciated the rationale behind the celebration which
he described as the moment to pray to God for peace and good health
through the goddess of Osun.
Adubi said that it would be
counter-productive if people tend to endanger their lives in the course
of praying for peace and good health.
However, an exhibitor at
the groove, Rebecca Ajayi, described the restriction as unnecessary,
adding that the assemblage of people at the groove would not pose danger
Ajayi suggested that government screen only the
tourists that were coming from places where there were reported cases of
outbreak of the disease.