Chairman of the Kwara state’s Medical Advisory Sub-committee COVID-19, Dr. Femi Oladiji has said that the second wave of coronavirus pandemic has began in Kwara State as at November 2020.
Oladiji who gave the reasons for the recent surge of the virus in the state as citizens failed to take precautions and the increased awareness in the voluntary test of the virus.
“The reasons for this second wave are many, including increase in awareness for voluntary testing, which has increased the number of new cases; nonchalant attitude of many Kwara State residents and non-adherence to preventive measures against the disease; influx of people from other states in Nigeria and from overseas and expansion of sampling and testing capacities by the state, which was assisted by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement (REDISSE) and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)”, Dr. Femi Oladiji said.
“Statistically, cross-sectional studies conducted by a team of researchers of the Medical Advisory Sub-committee on Covid-19 Kwara State reported that between 11th July – 11th August, 2020 the total number of confirmed cases was 500, whereas between 11th September – 11th October, 2020, the total number of confirmed cases dropped to 63. However, between 11th November and 11th December, 2020, the total number of confirmed cases rose to 180, an approximate threefold increase with 17 cases on admission at the isolation centre”, he added.
Dr. Femi Oladiji has then confirmed the rate at which the virus is moving round so fast in the state as he gave an account of the month of December as regards the virus
“December 11 alone, the state reported 23 confirmed cases”, he concluded.
Residents of the state have been urged to use their face mask, social distancing and other measures to curtain the spread of the virus.