Ekiti State Task Force on Coronavirus

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The Official Twitter account of Ekiti State Government Task Force on COVID-19 under the leadership of Governor Kayode Fayemi is https://twitter.com/Ekiti_COVID19. Please follow for accurate information and updates on the State responses and send Direct messages for actions

About Coronavirus
Coronaviruses (CoV), according to the WHO, are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

A novel coronavirus (COVID19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The case, which was confirmed on the 27th of February 2020, is the first case to be reported in Nigeria since the beginning of the outbreak in China in January 2020. 

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on the 25th of February 2020. He was confirmed by the Virology Laboratory of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, part of the Laboratory Network of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control. The patient is clinically stable, with no serious symptoms, and is being managed at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos.

What is Ekiti State doing?

In response to the Coronavirus Outbreak worldwide, the Government of Ekiti State swiftly put in place its resources and structures in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, to ensure proactiveness and consistency throughout the response to the health emergency.

  • 2nd of March, 2020

On the 2nd of March, 2020, Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi set up a 40-man Ekiti State Task Force on the deadly Coronavirus following a State address. In addition, facilities and infrastructure have been activated to prepare against the virus and manage the infection, if necessary.

Click Here to view/download the Address by Governor Fayemi To Ekiti People On The Spread Of Corona Virus To Nigeria

Sequel to the State Address, The Government of Ekiti State put in place essential infrastructure and resources to screen Ekiti bound passengers from all major motor parks leading into Ekiti State and at the land borders.

The 40-person Taskforce on Coronavirus that was earlier constituted by Governor Kayode Fayemi will also work closely with the leadership of the Road Transport Network — NURTW to maintain passenger manifests for fast trace-ability if the need arises.

The Government of Ekiti State also reactivated its response and surveillance team for the prevention of the deadly viral infection. The epidemic surveillance officers have swung into action by moving into rural communities for coordinated patrol and extensive sensitization.

Also, a 24/7 Emergency Operation Center was set up to coordinate its response to the virus, dedicated hotlines have been made available to the public to call if they suspect infection. The National Emergency Number 112 is also active in Ekiti State.

  • 6th of March, 2020

To further strengthen Ekiti COVID-19 preparedness, Governor Kayode Fayemi released two ambulances to the Coronavirus Task Force on March 6th, 2020 to make their work swift and efficient.

Ekiti State Epidemiologist, Dr. Olumide Obey and SSA Public Health, Dr. Jimlas Ogunsakin, sensitized staff of the Emergency Call Center (112) on the Coronavirus to ensure preparedness & effective dispatch of appropriate emergency services in the State.

  • 15th of March, 2020

Ekiti State Covid-19 Taskforce took the prevention awareness campaign to churches and markets in Ado Ekiti to sensitize them on the pandemic.

  • 16th of March, 2020

On the 16th of March, 2020, Ekiti State Taskforce on Covid-19 Preparedness today held a sensitization meeting with representatives of all the banks operating in Ekiti State to work out strategies for banking hall compliance with social distancing and other preventive measures to keep Ekiti residents safe from the pandemic.

Members of the Taskforce present include the Hon Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Mojisola Yahaya Kolade, Coordinator of the Taskforce, Prof Bolaji Aluko, Special Adviser on Communications & Strategy, Mrs Sola Salako Ajulo, SSA Public Health, Dr Jimlas Ogunsakin, Permanent Secretary, Dr Folakemi Olomojobi and other Permanent Secretaries of relevant agencies.

  • 18th of March, 2020

The Government of Ekiti State released an official statement on the reported case of COVID-19 in Ekiti State.

Click Here to download and/or view the official statement.

  • 20th of March, 2020

The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman, Ekiti State Task Force on COVID-19, Dr, Kayode Fayemi addressed the people of Ekiti State on the recorded case of the Coronavirus reported in the state.

Click Here to read/download the address.

  • 23rd of March, 2020

Ekiti State COVID-19 Task Force involves Health Educators across the 16 Local Government Areas for community sensitization on preventive measures against Coronavirus.

Ekiti State Health Educators also embarked on Market/Street sensitisation in Iyin Ekiti and other rural communities to prevent COVID-19 spread.

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