Increasing cases of COVID-19: Ekiti Government reactivates strict compliance with protocols

Ekiti state Government says henceforth it will commence the strict enforcement of COVID-19 protocols to contain the further spread of the virus in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health Dr. Oyebanji Filani who gave the indication at news conference in Ado Ekiti noted that the state is experiencing an unwelcoming increase in the number of Covid-19 cases as seventy one cases were recorded in the this month of August puting the rate on the increase, hence the need for proactive steps.

The commissioner for Health confirmed that the state recorded 180 cases of covid-19 between July and August 2021 and said the state is obviously experiencing the third wave with more cases experienced in the second saying it is imperative for government to enforce the existing Covid-19 regulations more strictly to safeguard the health of our people adding that the standing taskforce will go round to assess the level of compliance and defaulters will be penalized.

“We are obviously experiencing the third wave with more cases than we experienced in the second wave in March 2021. Besides, with the introduction of the Delta strain of the Covid-19 virus in the country and the recent evidence of its community transmission as reported by NCDC, it is imperative for us as a State to enforce our existing Covid-19 regulations more strictly to safeguard the health of our people.
Accordingly, we are constrained to respond to this development with the following non-pharmaceutical control measures, which remain our best means of containing the pandemic in the state”

The commissioner said,the
Previous ban on large gatherings of more than 50 persons except on approved worship days will be fully enforced while temporary restrictions at worship places starting from Friday this week, would be enforced while every COVID-19 protocols must be followed at Public places.

“Previous ban on large gatherings of more than 50 persons except on approved worship days will now be fully enforced.
Social, political, or business gatherings must not exceed 50 persons and must comply with prevention protocols of 6-feet social distancing, face masks and hand washing.

“Our religious gatherings in the state would be with temporary restrictions starting from Friday August 13, 2021, for Muslims and Sunday August 15, 2021, for Christians. All gatherings must be held in strict and full compliance with the regulations regarding worship centres which include social distancing of 6-feet between worshippers, hand washing and face masks.
In all instances, the standing taskforce will go round to assess the level of compliance and defaulters will be penalized.”

“Schools should be fumigated and kept safe for our students before reopening. I have also approved the sensitization and screening of teachers for Covid-19 upon resumption. All efforts to ensure safe school reopening will be put in place before school resumption.”

“While major markets and businesses remain open, the Covid-19 regulations must be put in place in such spaces. Street trading, makeshift stalls and open display of wares are to be done observing social distancing. Businesses must provide liquid soap and running water for hand washing while supermarkets should not have more than 10 persons at any time in their store.
Commercial transporters must comply with strict social distancing directives. Motorcycles (Okadas) can only carry one passenger, taxis not more than 3 passengers and tricycles not more than 2 passengers.

“I must commend our banks for their continuous adherence to the Covid-19 protocols and I wish to encourage them not to falter in ensuring the safety of their patrons. All hotels must ensure that they provide hand washing stands at their entrances and ensure their guests always wear facemasks”

The commissioner said the will receive an additional doses of vaccine from the Federal Government for the second phase in the coming weeks,and enjoined people to take their jab while everyone should take responsibility in fighting the virus.

“About 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine was deployed to Ekiti State between March and June this year. In the coming weeks, the State will receive an additional 95,000 doses of Moderna vaccine from the Federal Government for the second phase.
Evidence has shown that fully vaccinated individuals are protected from severe Covid-19 infection and death. Vaccines have been confirmed to be safe, and 70,049 people have received at least 1 dose of the vaccine in the state, without any side effect”

He encourage all eligible citizens to take their jabs as soon as the vaccines are available and also advised
Residents to take personal responsibility for their protection while going about their daily duties, by observing preventive measures of washing of hands frequently with soap under running water, wearing face masks, and maintaining social distancing.

Dr .Filani who confirmed that the patients are stable and government had three isolation centres with necessary facilities to manage them.

Dr.Filani confirmed that the affected patients are stable as Government had three isolation centres with necessary facilities to manage situation adding that Government cannot afford a community infection that could easily overwhelm its capacity and return the state to another round of stay-at-home with even more stringent measures.

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