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The Ogun State government has expressed serious concerns over gradual rise in cases of COVID-19 with 15 new cases and two deaths were recorded in the last two weeks as against the two cases recorded in the entire month of June.
The government warned residents of the State to strictly adhere to public health and safety measures put in place by the government following the outbreak of the virulent Delta variant of Coronavirus in the country.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, gave the warning in a statement in Abeokuta.
She disclosed that, four patients are currently being managed at the isolated centre which according to her had been empty in the last one month.
Coker added that the State had also recorded two new deaths in the last three weeks.
According to her, the State in preparation for the virulent Delta variant of Coronavirus, had started re-energising her response team at the State and local government levels for prompt and effective response.
In addition to this, Coker said, the State is embarking on risk communication at community level through the local government rapid response team.
Coker 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”.
“Given that our many lands cross one another, and the fact that eight of our local government areas 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”.
“While NCDC is currently working frantically to ensure surveillance of the variants in the country, Ogun State Government is re-energizing her response team at State and LGA level for prompt and effective response”.
Coker encouraged all residents to avail themselves of the opportunity of getting vaccinated for COVID-19, assuring that the vaccine is safe, effective and offers protection against the disease.
She added that the State Ministry of Health is monitoring the trend and shall continue to update the residents from time to time.