By: Oluwatosin Adesola
As a result of spike in the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic cases in ondo state in the last three weeks, the state allegedly is now running out of bed space at COVID-19 Isolation centres both in Akure and Ikare Akoko.
Ondo now has confirmed 252 cases of COVID-19, while more than 41 of them have been discharged, with 18 fatalities.
SUNSHINETRUTH reports that as at on Monday morning last week, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said ondo state has 154 confirmed cases on Monday evening – 8 news cases; Tuesday evening -20 news cases; no new case on Wednesday; Thursday evening – 44 news cases while on Friday evening and Saturday evening 10 and 16 fresh cases recorded respectively according to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC).
It was learnt that some of the patients have been moved to Ikare Isolation Centre after Akure Isolation Centre has been filled to capacity, while the State Infectious Disease Hospital, (IDH), Akure, is also facing the challenge of running out of bed space as the COVID-19 cases continue to surge.
A source told SUNSHINETRUTH anonymously that “following the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state, the infectious disease hospital, Akure can no longer accommodate new patients.
“It was gathered that there is no vacant bed space at the hospital, caused by a surge in the cases of the disease.
“COVID-19 patients are now being transfered to Ikare where they are being treated.
“Ondo state has recorded over 270 cases since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, though some have been treated and discharged but the surge in the last one to two weeks is creating apprehension in the state, even among health workers,” the source at the IDH said.
Addressing newsmen at the Government House in Akure on Monday, Governor Akeredolu said the recent figure was recorded within the few days, noting that residents must obey precautionary measures against the deadly coronavirus pandemic to stop the rise.
Akeredolu said all preventive measures remained in place, and appealed for more dedication to the use of nose masks, social distancing, and frequent washing of hands
He urged the people not to force him to lockdown the state due to the daily increase in the positive cases of the pandemic
Blaming the daily increase of the pandemic on nonchalant attitude of some residents, Akeredolu added that adequate measures would be put in place to check the excesses.