On Monday, the Ekiti State government alert the residents over certain community expansion of corona virus also known as.COVID 19 in the state, if the residents refused to comply seriously to the guidelines measures by the government.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade spoke in Ado Ekiti disclosed that the fear stemmed from the shocking and worry 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 positive.

The Commissioner for Health,  said this on Wednesday, while giving reports on the COVID 19 situation in the state.

Yaya-Kolade revealed that totally of 505 samples have been taken and tested since March 19 when the state recorded the first patient.

While gathering 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 reveal that we had 7.189 percent, which is the highest in recent time”.

Yaya-Kolade, who disclosed that the real community testing has not commenced, he said further that the recent percentage was high enough to inform the state to be warn and get ready for any occurrence.

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 wash their hands with 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 facilities 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”.

Regrettable, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, the chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force in Ekiti, included that since March 19 when Ekiti had the first case, only 35 COVID-19 cases had been reported due to proactive measures taken by the government.

Aluko noted that owing to the suspicion that there could be a possible outbreak of community extension of the virus, there was a need to tight up security at boundaries to aggressively checkmate and the entering of people from neighbouring states.

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

“The guidelines for burial remain intact and the night curfew is still in operation. Our people must also observe social and physical distancing and comply with the 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”.

The commissioner for health noted that the government is also formulating actions to move some traders in the Ado Ekiti metropolis to Agric Olope Market, to reduce the neighbourhood markets at Okeyinmi, Irona, Adere, Awedele and other areas, for total compliance of social distancing guidelines.

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

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

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