Ekiti to start random testing of residents for COVID-19 next week
Begins fumigation of markets, banks, others today
The Ekiti State government yesterday said it would begin random testing of residents across the state to avert the community spread of the dreadful COVID-19 next week.
It said it would also commence fumigation of banks, markets, schools and other public places today.
The state government also restated its commitment to ensure that security agencies enforcing the lockdown do not infringe on the rights of the suspected offenders in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, who disclosed this in Ado-Ekiti while giving an update on the COVID-19 pandemic, said that all the claims by institutions that they have produced herbal cure for COVID-19 must be scrutinised and make to pass through medical screening before approval.
She said the random testing, which would be done across the 16 local councils and which must be undertaken in view of the geometric increase in number of COVID-19 patients, would not be done by coercion.
Yaya-Kolade said that the state would soon set up a molecular laboratory to boost the state’s testing capacity so that many people can know their status and be aware of their safety.
Besides, the commissioner, who stated that the state presently had only five patients in the isolation centre, whom she said, were stable and asymptomatic, said: “We are still tracing some contacts and we are expecting our molecular laboratory soon just as we are still preaching prevention and containment through usage of face-masks and keep to personal hygiene and social financing.
“We will begin random testing next week to stop community spread.”
The state is doing a lot of infection prevention training for our health workers to make our people safe.
“We are also thinking about complying with the new Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) regulation that you can discharge after first negative result.”
Meanwhile, the Director-General, Office of Strategic Transformation and Delivery, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, who spoke on inter-state movement restriction, said the border closure became the best alternative as the virus was brought into the state by outsiders.
“Some of them came from Katsina, Lagos and Kano, which had made it imperative for us to secure our border and make us safe.
“We are getting calls that some people are coming from the North, but let our informants provide information so that they can be easily traced for interrogation,” he said.
Also, the Commissioner for Environment, Gbenga Agbeyo, said the state had put up proper machinery to arrest and prosecute violators of the lockdown in Ekiti State, particularly those flouting the closure of major markets and border areas.
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