By Ibraheem Solaudeen.
There was palpable tension in the Kwara State isolation centre on Friday as some Covid-19 patients attempted to abscond from the quarantine facility located at Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the patients who had recently tested positive for the virus after snuggling themselves into the state, scaled the fence of the hospital but were arrested and returned to the centre.
Ajakaye further disclosed that security has been beefed up at the facility to forestall a recurrence of the worrisome incident.
The statement read: “Earlier today, Friday May 15th, 2020, the government’s intelligence network uncovered a plot by some COVID-19 patients who sneaked into the state to escape. This attempt was promptly foiled leading to arrest and return of the patients who had already scaled the fence.
“The government is dismayed that these persons were among the imported cases who intentionally violated the interstate lockdown and came into the state.
“Security has been further beefed up at our isolation centre. The government restates that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and there is no reason why anyone would want to escape and put their own lives and the lives of other people at risk.”
Kwara has so far recorded 56 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 12 recoveries and 1 fatality.