Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus:Ekiti Government alerts people

Ekiti State government has alerts the residents about the new confirmation by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of the presence of the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Nigeria, described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the most transmissible variant with the ability to go undetected in many hosts without the typical symptoms, yet severely impacting other infected persons within a short time.
A statement Jointly Signed by the state Commissioner for Health & Human Services, Dr. Oyebanji Filani and Coordinator, Covid-19 Response Task Force, Professor Mobolaji Aluko says government is however set to heighten surveillance, and strict enforcement of all existing measures aimed at containing the pandemic in the state.
The state government notes that people must not relent in the practice of preventive measures such as the proper use of masks in public gatherings, maintenance of hand hygiene through proper handwashing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and social distancing since it is reported that the variant can resist antibodies in the blood, amongst other worrisome attributes.
The statement says Government of Ekiti State will continue to work closely with the Federal Government and her agencies, as well as development partners, to prevent the spread of the disease, no matter the strain.
One of such ways is through the implementation of a phased vaccination campaign which remains the most effective means of curbing the pandemic, and should be embraced by all.
The state government however warn that, vaccinated or not, people must not let their guards down, especially as the season of cultural festivals and social events is approaching in the state.

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