Despite the lockdown imposed in Ekiti state and the enforcement of mandatory use of face masks by all residents, Health Commissioner Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade revealed that the state still has 98 active COVID-19 cases with 80 people still treated at the isolation center with a capacity of 120 beds.
The commissioner said the state had recorded four deaths in the past month, involving a 54-year-old man with an underlying factor of diabetes.
Speaking at a COVID 19 task force press briefing on Wednesday, Yaya-Kolade said: “Ekiti still has 98 active cases while we have recorded 206 cases with 80 patients still being treated in our isolation.
“Since the start, we have treated and referred 104 patients. We had four deaths, the last involving a 54-year-old man with diabetes. We have done a lot to ensure that we increase our testing capacity through the establishment of a molecular laboratory.
“The isolation center has the necessary survival facilities and we are submitting our tests to 16 local governments. The patients were receiving immune boosters and we tell our people to make themselves available. This disease is treatable, so our people must not hide ”.
Also speaking, COVID-19 task force coordinator Professor Bolaji Aluko said a total of 187 schools participating in West African Secondary School Certificate Exams (WASSCE) have reopened and that they were monitored so as not to violate COVID-19 protocols.
He said the task force and a team from the education ministry had visited all schools before they reopened to ensure all necessary safety facilities were in place so as not to endanger the lives of children. students.
Aluko also expressed satisfaction with the compliance with regulations by churches and mosques that reopened on August 14, 2020.
“Mosques and churches started to function and we had good reports that they were following the rules. We have a watch group that visits all worship centers and gives us good reports.
“We sampled some churches and mosques and saw that they had different ways of respecting social distancing in the layout of their seats. Children and the elderly were also provided with services, which is commendable.
“We still enforce the mandatory use of face masks and the prosecution of offenders in the city and we can do that at any time.”
He said the task force had put its spotlight on pharmacies and hotels with clubbing facilities, saying the closure of some of these premises was not arbitrary.
“We did not go to these premises acting arbitrarily. We have received a letter of assurances from some of them which have been closed and reopened committing to comply with all COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of Ekiti residents ”.