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COVID-19: Ekiti Govt. Inaugurates Molecular Laboratory

In Ekiti State, about four hundred random test are to be carried out on daily basis to ascertain and prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other contagious diseases in the state.

Governor Kayode Fayemi made this known in Ado Ekiti while inaugurating the Molecular Laboratory put in place by government and COVID-19 Resources Response Mobilization Committee.

Governor Fayemi who explained that the molecular laboratory would afford people across the sixteen local government Areas opportunity to know the state of their health, said that the measure would help early discovery and diagnosis of diseases in the state.

He maintain that government would continue to prioritize the safety and health of the people through provision of adequate medical facilities.

Governor Fayemi who sought the cooperation of the people to prevent the community spread of the virus and emergence of other diseases, warned that government would not tolerate any act that could endanger the public health.

The governor noted that despite the fact that Ekiti State was the third state to record and confirm COVID-19 case in Nigeria, meaningful measures were put in place to reduce the virus saying that Ekiti is currently on the 30th position among the states that had the virus.

The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Mojisola Yahaya-Kolade said the mobile molecular laboratory was highly sensitive to ensure accurate diagnosis of diseases and genetic root of any virus.

Dr Yahaya-Kolade explained that the laboratory would ease the burden of early diagnosis of diseases such as microorganisms, parasites and viruses.

The Founder of Afe Babalola University and Grand Patron of COVID-19 Resources Response Mobilization Committee, RRMC Aare Afe Babalola used the forum to commend the support of well-meaning individuals who had contributed in no small measures to the realization of the project.

Aare Babalola however called on critics of the present government to join hands with Dr Kayode Fayemi in moving the state forward.

The Octogenarian also advised government to ensure that both public and private schools in the state comply with all the rules and regulations on prevention and containment of Coronavirus in Ekiti.

He opined that the Ministry of Education should issue certificate of compliance to both private and public schools before the commencement of academic activities.

Oriola Afolabi

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