The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday disclosed that a 29- year old woman from Lagos, is the third COVID-19 case in the state.
The governor also regretted the alleged compromise of security agencies at the borders, which he said was responsible for importing a confirmed case into the state despite the lockdown.
He has now directed watertight security at the entry and exit points of the state to restrict the influx of people.
Fayemi gave the startling revelation, on Saturday, while updating the state on the spread and challenge of COVID-19 in the state
He also gave an account of his government’s effort in tackling the menace.
The governor said the new case is a pregnant 29-year-old female Community Health Worker with Lagos State, who sneaked into Ekiti despite the lockdown.
“She presented herself at a State Comprehensive Primary Healthcare facility in active labor on Monday, April 13, 2020. After prolonged labor with fetal distress, she was referred to a teaching hospital but decided to go to a private hospital instead.
“A cesarean section was performed on the patient and the baby was delivered safely. However, she suffered a cardiac arrest and was referred to the Federal Teaching Hospital Ido Ekiti where she is currently unconscious.
” The suspicion of COVID-19 infection and subsequent testing was at the Federal Tertiary institution. The Ekiti State COVID-19 Taskforce has already commenced contact tracing of the new case as at this morning, we have over 30 primary contacts on our list already.
“The baby is alive and under surveillance while the private clinic has been sealed off and medical personnel who interacted with this case during her obstetrics and gynecology emergency have been contacted and put in self-isolation.
“By the time we include secondary and tertiary contacts, this one case may have put hundreds of unsuspecting people at risk of COVID-19 infection in Ekiti State.
Fayemi said this unfortunate incident underscores the reasoning behind the state’s emphasis on protecting Ekiti from an outbreak of the pandemic by his directive on total lockdown of movement.
Sending a stringent warning to security agencies on the issue of compromise, Fayemi said: “The infidelity of our people and the security personnel enabled this patient to gain access to our state even during a boundary shut down, therefore putting the lives of so many people at risk, and putting Ekiti State under the dreaded possibility of community infection.
“Due to this new case, the government may have to consider further extension of the lockdown at least until all possible direct and indirect contacts of this woman have been traced and placed in self-isolation as the minimum period of incubation is 14 days for every new infection”.
The governor added that his team is already working to increase the bed space of the isolation center from 10 to 120 beds in case of an exponential outbreak.
Fayemi said his brother governors from the southwest had held a joint meeting on the need to close down the borders and stop interstate transportation, saying this will be effected with zeal.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State, Mr. Asuquo Amba, said any police or security agent caught compromising the lockdown directive will be made to face the full weight of the law.
“We are going to increase our patrol and surveillance at the borders. Any of our officers and men who behaves in an unprofessional way will be held accountable for his actions”, he threatened.
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