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Residents of Kwara State have been advised to adhere seriously to COVID-19 preventive measures as 23 new confirmed cases were reported on Friday in the State.
The last few weeks have recorded a new surge in confirmed cases across Nigeria and Kwara State is no exception.
Chairman, Medical Advisory Sub-Committee, Kwara State, Dr Femi Oladiji, who stated this in a statement in Ilorin, on Saturday, blamed the spike in the spread of the pandemic on non-challant attitude of many residents and non-adherence to preventive measures against the virus.
He also traced the increase in the spread of the virus to “influx of people from other states and overseas, expansion of sampling and testing capacities by the state with the assistance of the Federal government under the Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement, (REDISSE) and the National Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC).”
According to Dr Oladiji, “Statistically, cross sectional studies conducted by a team of researchers of the medical advisory sub-committee on Covid-19 in the state, reported that between July 11th- August 11th, 2020, the number of confirmed cases was 500, whereas between September 11th- October 11th, 2020, the total number of confirmed cases dropped to 63.
“However, between November 11th- December 11th, 2020, the total number of confirmed cases rose to 180, an approximate threefold increase with 17 cases on admission at the isolation centre.”
“Yesterday, December 11th, 2020, alone, the state reported 23 confirmed cases,” the chairman disclosed.
He said while some states started closing their isolation centres, Kwara State’s isolation centre at Covid-19 infectious disease centre, Sobi Alagbado in Ilorin, remained operational and maintained by the State medical advisory committee with dedicated frontline medical personnel, including laboratory scientists and attendants.