COVID - 19 : Ogun Begins Test In Ado/Odo/Ota, 4 Others As Virulent Delta Variant Hits Nigeria - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

COVID - 19 : Ogun Begins Test In Ado/Odo/Ota, 4 Others As Virulent Delta Variant Hits Nigeria




By Ayobami Ife,  Abeokuta

Ogun State has disclosed that it is  embarking on mobilization for test at its five-high burdened Local Government Areas( LGAs - Abeokuta South, Ado-Odo/Ota, Ikenne, Obafemi Owode and Sagamu) following the confirmation of the virulent Delta variant of SARS Cov-2(COVID - 19) in the country. 

The Commissioner for Health,  Dr.  Tomi Coker, who disclosed this urged all  residents to ensure strict adherence to public health and social measures in place.

Coker added that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ( NCDC) is already working frantically to ensure surveillance of the variants in the country while Ogun State Government is re-energizing her response team at State and LGA level for prompt and effective response.

"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.  

"Given that our many lands cross one another, and the fact that eight of our local government areas (LGAs) share boarder with Lagos State with a major international airport and the highly mobile community between them, it becomes pertinent to proactively curtail the spread of COVID-19 virus among our people.

"We are also embarking on mobilization for test at our five-high burdened LGAs (Abeokuta South, Ado-Odo/Ota, Ikenne, Obafemi Owode and Sagamu).

"We urge all Ogun State residents to ensure strict adherence to public health and social measures in place.

" Proven public health and social measures such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and proper use of face masks, prevent infections and save lives.
 
"We enjoin our community leaders, religious leaders, media houses and other stake holders to join hands with the State Government to encourage strict compliance to proper hand washing. Regular and correct use of face mask, two meters physical distancing in public places and avoid crowded gatherings.

"Let me also use this forum to encourage our people to avail themselves of the opportunity of getting vaccinated for COVID-19.

"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and offers protection against the disease.

"The Ogun State Ministry of Health is monitoring the trend and shall continue to update our esteemed residents from time to time." Coker said. 

According to her,  risk communication is being embarked upon at community level through the LGA rapid response team.  We are working with the Federal Port Health Authority to ensure passengers are screened at the land crossings in the State. 

She explained that  Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) focal persons in health facilities have also been alerted to step up IPC measures while Rapid test Kits would be deployed 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

This followed the Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigeria Centre Disease Control (NCDC) recent alert and confirmation of the virulent Delta variant of SARS Cov-2 in the country. 

The Delta variant is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility. It has been detected in over 90 countries and is expected to spread to more countries. It has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation.

NCDC has also announced increase in the number of cases being recorded in the country in the last one week. Over 120 cases daily were recorded by NCDC in the last 48 hours as opposed to less than 50 before now. Over 60% of these are from neighboring states such as Lagos.


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