Spike in COVID-19 cases is real, not for Financial Gains —Akeredolu warns

By: Ade Adeleke

……as disease spreads to 13 Local Govts in Ondo; see other Ondo statistics.

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has expressed displeasure that some dishonest people are wickedly attributing the campaigns against coronavirus pandemic by the state government to an avenue to attract financial gains from the Federal Government.

This is coming as COVID-19 is now in 13 out of 18 local government areas of the state.

Addressing his weekly Press Briefing on COVID-19 held at Government House Ground, Akure, the governor said 71 people are on admission for the treatment of the virus.

According to Akeredolu, “regrettably, our investigations and other unpalatable experiences still show apathy, disdain and neglect to the reality of COVID-19. Such attitude can only mean a neglect for the safety of our lives and those of our loved ones.

“It is also unfortunate that a few dishonest people have quite wickedly attributed the campaigns by state governments as an avenue to attract financial releases from the Federal Government.

“When these 80 new cases are added to the earlier 74 cases recorded, then we have a total of 154 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ondo State.

“These 80 new cases traversed our three senatorial districts, thereby making the deadly spread state wide.
In all and so far, the following is our outlook of performance on COVID-19 management in the State.

“Total cases reported – 1052
Total samples collected – 1257
Total confirmed cases -154. Total active cases on admission – 71
Total number of deaths – 18
Total discharged cases – 47.

“Meanwhile the LGAs with the confirmed cases are 13 while their figures are as follows: Akure South (68), Odigbo (9), Owo (6), Ose (3), Akure North (7), Ondo West (14), Okitipupa (35), Akoko South West (5), Akoko South East (1), Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo (1), Ifedore (3), Ilaje (1) and Ese Odo (1). Total – 154.

“As at today 22nd June 2020, a total of 727 contacts of confirmed cases have been line-listed, 287 under follow-up and 440 have completed 14-days follow-up exercise.

“My people, make no mistake about it, COVID -19 is fully here with us and the reality today shows it is being dangerously spread within our communities and within the state from persons to persons.

“From the data reeled out above, it is not unexpected that those who came into contact with the earlier confirmed cases are the largest victims of COVID–19 infection currently.

“Government is seriously concerned about this disturbing record and trend, moreso that no end appears yet in sight. In fact, what seems to be in view is the undesirable increase in our vulnerability as a result of our deliberate nonchalant attitude.

“Others have decided to wallow in self-denial by simply ignoring all conversations about COVID-19. According to them, they have not seen individuals infected and have not seen the corpses of deceased victims.”

Akeredolu also lambasted those violating government’s precautionary measures.

The governor said, “I believe the families of the nine precious lives so far lost and those who are on admission at our Infectious Diseases Hospital in Ondo state know better. They understand the pains of loss and displacement inflicted by COVID-19. They can attest to the truism of the saying that “Prevention is better than cure.”

“As I said earlier, Government is seriously concerned with this unpleasant trend and will invigorate its energy and resources to implement every measure to protect and preserve all residents of the state. We will continue to invest our attention to a guided regulation of our market, religious and other social activities.

“Our debt of gratitude also goes to our brave and dedicated health workers and the Media, all of who daily put themselves in harm’s way in their bid to serve the society. It is clear that apart from God, no one but ourselves, through our positive actions, can save our own lives and those of our families as well as loved ones,” Akeredolu concluded.

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