Covid-19, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi on Tuesday suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to spread to all states of the country.
Fayemi, who is also the Governor of Ekiti State, made the remark in a Skype interview on Politics Today.
Since February 27 when the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the country, the pandemic has spread to more states, including the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
The virus has now been recorded in a total of 25 states.
Although numerous steps have been taken, which includes lockdowns and restrict of motion as well as gatherings in many states, Governor Fayemi believes the virus will proceed to spread.
“From the whole thing we’ve heard from NCDC, which is the specialist physique in charge, there is nothing to recommend that it would now not unfold to all the 36 states,” he said. “So, we are in for a long ride.”
The fashion and unfold of the virus, which has now infected 665 human beings in the usa and claimed 22 lives together with that of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, has left governors worried.
“We are very concerned. If you seem at the wide variety of times we met over the remaining one month. We’ve had 5 conferences which focused almost solely on COVID-19 and its unfold and the concomitant economic effects on the Nigerian citizens,” Governor Fayemi said.
As a result, he stated governors are trying to use all their capacity to battle the pandemic.
To complement the actions of the government, he called on Nigerians to play their phase and observe directives and protocols.
“I don’t think we have reached the peak yet. So, Nigerians need to take this very seriously. This is now not entertainment,” he warned.
There have been calls for increased trying out as a way to combat the pandemic however there are numerous components of the u . s . the place checking out stays limited.
Governor Fayemi, who stated the calls and want for testing, defined that his nation is no longer in a position to do that currently.
He said, “The (testing) capacity in Ekiti State is Zero. We don’t have any testing capacity. When we have a suspected case, we ship the pattern to Ede which is the closest region to us here. We’ve just completed so for the almost 70 contacts that the last case we had in Ekiti had been in contact with.”
According to the governor, sometimes, samples from suspected cases are sent to Abuja.
He, however, defined that the Governors Forum was working with the NCDC and with the support of private area players to convert machines used to test for tuberculosis to COVID-19 checking out machines.
In addition to this move, he stated the NCDC is attempting to ramp up the range of testing centres in the country.
Ultimately, the Governors Forum is making an attempt to ensure that all states have trying out capacity.
“For now, it is proper that we are no longer testing enough,” he said. “There have been only about 8,000 assessments from the record of the NCDC. If we have only 8,000 exams and we already have over 600, nearly 700, of them checking out positive, if you extrapolate from that, it is a worrisome number.”
Ekiti State has had four verified instances out of which two have recovered. Asked if the state authorities is reviewing its lockdown order, the governor answered in the negative.
“We haven’t reviewed our lockdown order,” he said. “We have every other week to go on our lockdown order. We are simply tightening our border control, which is what was responsible for the entry of the character who tested fantastic currently in Ekiti State.
“She is Lagos-based. She came into Ekiti in the middle of the night time and was delivered of her baby. Thankfully, the child is safe and she is also recuperating.
Palliatives For The Vulnerable
With a lockdown in effect in Ekiti State, the kingdom authorities had promised to grant palliatives to help humans cope.
Providing an update on this, Governor Fayemi defined that although 20,000 human beings had been focused for palliatives in the first phase, over 40,000 houses have benefitted.
Asked if what has been completed by using the state is sufficient thinking about it has a population of over three million people, the governor harassed that the assist wasn’t intended for all.
“We are only targeted on the most susceptible section of our population. And we’ve tried to attain these humans by a number of vehicles,” he said.
“Our nearby governments have undertaken the first phase of it. But we’ve not stopped there, we’ve also targeted on accomplishing them through their associations – NURTW, the artisans, the human beings with disabilities, churches, mosques; we’ve used quintessential segments – typical rulers.”