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By: Ade Adeleke
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu today expressed deep concern over the frightening situation of coronavirus pandemic in Ondo state, even as the state recorded 30 cases of the disease in the last one week.
Addressing his weekly Press Briefing on COVID-19 pandemic, the governor said a total of 880 suspected cases samples have been collected for testing from 753 suspected cases in all the 18 local government areas of the state.
Akeredolu said, “all the 30 cases recorded within last week ending yesterday are clear cases of community transmission.
“They are cases of the spread within our communities and within the state from persons to persons. They are cases of spread by people who have come into contact with those who had earlier been infected.
“It is the new trend, it is dangerous and harmful. It makes all of us vulnerable. The risk is high, the costs, too enormous to imagine, if not checked in good time. Our responsibilities also are not very few, considering the height of the stakes.”
The governor stated that, “It is very important to note that the spread is now in all the four corners of our state. It has found habitat in all the three senatorial districts.
“From the Northern district through the central to the southern district, the raw facts stare us in the face that as individuals and communities, our efforts are not enough to protect us and our loved ones. Indeed we are facing the consequences of neglect and self-denial.
“From what we have seen so far, the danger and threats are far from being over and the number of our citizens infected may soar higher unless something drastic is done.
“In all, Ondo state now has a total of 73 confirmed cases while the distribution of the cases in the local government areas is as follows: Akure South (35), Odigbo (8), Owo (3), Ose (3), Akure North (2), Ondo West (6), Okitipupa (11), Akoko South West, Akoko South East (1), Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo (1), Ifedore (2)].
“The total cases on admission is currently 31, Total number of deaths – 9, Total discharged cases – 33.
“In all, a total of 880 samples have been collected for testing from 753 suspected cases in all the 18 LGAs.
“The cases of the 11 individuals infected in Okitipupa is perhaps worthy of mention. Of particular note here is the fact that seven of the cases are health workers, serving in a private clinic where one of the earlier cases reported for treatment, before being referred to UNIMEDTH in Ondo.
“The health workers had dedicated themselves to their jobs and got infected in the course of the treatment. We have since locked down the operations of the private hospital in Okitipupa where this happened while the seven seven health workers are currently under treatment,” Akeredolu said.