COVID-19: Ekiti Govt Expresses Fears Over Possible Spread In Communities

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Kayode Fayemi

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The Ekiti State government has expressed fears that there might be  possible community spread of COVID-19 in the state, if people are not adhering strictly to laid down regulations

The State Commissioner for Health,Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade said the fears came from the startling and disturbing revelations from the 153 samples screened at the molecular laboratory opened on Monday, June 22, out of which 142 were negative, with 11 turning out positiv

Yaya-Kolade spoke in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, while giving an update on the Covid -19 situation in the state.

The Health Commissioner said a total of 505 samples have been taken and  tested since March 19 when the state recorded the first  patient.

Reeling out the statistics of work done at the Molecular laboratory, the Commissioner said: “Out of 246 samples taken,153 results have already been screened,142 were negative while 11 were positive.

“Our fear is the possibility of community spread in Ekiti, because we could not trace all the contacts  and the present statistics  revealed that we had 7.189 percent, which was the highest in recent time” .

Yaya-Kolade, who stated that the real community testing has not started , but added that the recent percentage was high enough to inform the state to take caution and prepare for any eventuality.

The Commissioner said : ” Out of the 11 positive patients  , eight are on admission at the isolation centre.

“Our people  should endeavour to use sanitizers and hand washing soap. With the way things are going, nobody knows when this Covid 19  will end and occasional inexplicable death may happen and when it happens, we must report to any of the health facility around us.

“Let all our people in the community allow the medical officers to take samples, so that we can know the exact status of Ekiti and how best to prepare ahead”.

Lending his voice , the Head of Covid 19  Task Force in Ekiti, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, added that since March 19 when Ekiti had the first case, only 35 Covid 19 cases had been reported due to proactive actions taken by the  government.

Aluko stated that owing to the suspicion that there could be possible breakout of community spread of the disease,   there was need to tighten security at borders to checkmate incursions and influx of people from neighbouring states .

“We need to fortify our borders despite that not all the cases we had had were through border incursion through  the 17 border towns that we have in Ekiti.

“The guidelines for burial remain intact and night curfew still in  operation. Our people must also observe social and physical distancing  and comply with rule that  not more than  20 people should be present in any social gatherings .

“The fact that we fear community spread makes all the rules to be mandatorily obeyed. It is not only in Ado- Ekiti, but across the state”.

Aluko stated that the government is also planning to  relocate some traders in the Ado Ekiti metropolis to Agric Olope Market, to decongest the neighbourhood markets at Okeyinmi, Irona, Adere, Awedele  and other areas, for strict adherence to social distancing rule.

The Commissioner for Information,Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua,clarified that the two major markets,Bisi and Oja Oba operating in the capital city remain closed.

He said the 35 cases that had been recorded were what some states are recording just in a day, saying this confirmed that the state has done well.in the management of the pandemic.

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