The Ogun State Government has raised the alarm over gradual rise in cases of Coronavirus in the last two weeks, advising residents to adhere strictly to public health and social measures.
This was contained in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, disclosing that the State recorded 15 new cases within two weeks, compared to what it obtained in the month of June with only two cases recorded.
She explained that four patients are currently receiving treatment at one of the State Isolation Centre, which according to her was practically emptied in the last one month.
The Commissioner stated further that two new deaths were equally recorded in the last three weeks.
She said, “Ogun State has experienced a gradual rise in cases with 15 new cases in the last two weeks compared to two cases in the whole month of June 2021 while four persons are currently being managed in the isolation Centre that have been empty in the last one month. Also we have recorded two new deaths in the last three weeks.”
Coker said it had become imperative for government to curtail the spread of the virus among the people, considering the fact that eight out of 20 local government areas in the State, are sharing border with Lagos State with a major international airport.
The Commissioner hinted that the response team both at the state and local government areas are being re-energized for prompt and effective response.
“While NCDC is currently working frantically to ensure surveillance of the Delta variants in the country, Ogun State Government is re-energizing her response team at State and LGA level for prompt and effective response. Risk communication is being embarked upon at community levels.
“We are working with the Federal Port Health Authority to ensure passengers are screened at the land crossings in the State. Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) focal persons in our health facilities have been alerted to step up IPC measures while we have deployed Rapid Test Kits to major secondary and Tertiary Health facilities to test patients who are to undergo surgeries, patients with symptoms suggestive of COVID 19 and persons who want to know their status,” Coker added.
She noted that the state government is embarking on mobilization for test at five-high burdened LGAs which include Abeokuta South, Ado-Odo/Ota, Ikenne, Obafemi Owode and Sagamu, urging residents to ensure strict adherence to public health and social measures in place.
Coker encouraged members of the public to avail themselves of the opportunity of being vaccinated against COVID-19.