COVID-19 continues to affect decisions as Ekiti follows Lagos State’s footsteps and stops the reopening of religious centres in the state. This announcement was made on Wednesday by the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade.
In the commissioner’s words; “We have met with the religious leaders and what we said was that churches and mosques remain closed. We have met and deliberated and the decision to reopen will be made as we see that we have enough scientific evidence which shows that it is safe to reopen.
“We don’t want to open and later say we want to close our worship centres. A lot of things happen in churches like handshaking, embracing, clustering, and taking of Holy Communion together, all these must be resolved before we can say we want to open our churches”.
The commissioner further provided that all the patients currently in the state’s Isolation centres are responding well to care, and that those initially on oxygen supplements have been taken off and can now breathe naturally.
He further said; “Two of the six still being isolated have turned negative. We are awaiting the second negative for them to be discharged. We will begin pilot testing tomorrow(Thursday) at the molecular laboratory that we established. Everything is set for the commencement of the large scale testing. We are happy that there is no community spread in Ekiti, there is even decline and we have to keep this tempo going”
In his statement, the coordinator of the Ekiti State COVID-19 task force said that the security situation in the state remains intact and there is no record of major border breaches. In his words; “The guidelines for the bringing of corpses to Ekiti remain the same. Whoever wants to do any burial must get a death certificate to obtain clearance at the ministry of Health. The use of masks is still very imperative at this point because it will help in curtailing the spread while the government is receiving palliatives from major partners and distributing to the residents to cushion the effect of the relaxed lockdown on them”