Ekiti Govt., UNICEF Hold Workshop for Journalists on Covid-19

Various safety measures put in place by the Ekiti State Government to check the spread of COVID-19 have been identified as reason the state remains one of the states with lowest cases of coronavirus in the country.

The Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua made this known in Ado Ekiti while declaring open a one-day workshop on COVID-19 organised by his ministry in collaboration with UNICEF Akure Field Office for selected journalists in Ekiti.

Mr Olumilua explained that Ekiti was the second state to set up a 40 man Taskforce on COVID-19, having recorded its index Case in March 18 this year.

He listed some of the safety measures to include lockdown of the state, borders closure,  mandatory use of facemasks, banning of gatherings,  maintenance of  social distancing, use of hand sanitisers as well as regular hand washing among others.

The commissioner noted that Ekiti had recorded only one indigenous case of COVID 19 while other cases were imported into the state, when some people with the virus sneaked into Ekiti.

On her part, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr Adekunbi Obaisi said the workshop was organised to equip the participants with basic facts about COVID-19 to avoid misinformation as well as fake news on the virus.

In their remarks, representatives of UNICEF, Mr Yahaya Oloriegbe and W.H.O, Dr Funmi Kolade insinuations that health workers usually take blood  samples to arrive at results of those with positive cases.

They however explained that only the nasal and oral faringian samples from nose and mouth were needed to be taken to test whether someone was COVID-19 positive or not.

Ogunrinde Amos

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