By Ayo Kehinde
To ensure effective tracking and prevention in case of emergence of the deadly coronavirus disease infection in Ekiti state, Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi on Monday, inaugurated a 40-man Task Force with himself at the head of the team.
The task force comprises the Commissioner for Health and Human services, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, his Environment counterpart, Gbenga Agbeyo; Head, Office of Transformation and Service Delivery (OTSD), Prof Bolaji Aluko; state representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF and all heads of all tertiary health institutions in the state, epidemiologists, state officials and representatives of the informal sector.
Fayemi said: “I have set up a 40-person Ekiti State Task Force on Covid-19 under my direct leadership with representatives from all relevant sectors of the State including medical experts, state government officials, the legislature, local government chairmen, religious leaders and traditional leaders, sector leaders like the NURTW, market associations, Civil Society Organizations and Development Partners.
“We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that Ekiti people are prepared to beat the virus and minimize its impact on our economy.”
Fayemi who addressed stakeholders and journalists at a special session on COVID-19 in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, said arrangements are in place to properly manage the health issue through public enlightenment campaigns with volumes of pamphlets and posters; an isolation centre for quarantine, 24/7 emergency response unit; gears for health officers and hand sanitizers as well as water dispensing units.
Arguing that “coronavirus was an offshoot of unhygienic lifestyle and spread vastly by unhealthy living, he stated that, “What this is telling us is that there is no alternative to a healthy lifestyle. As people and government, we must continually work on the sustenance of a healthy and hygienic lifestyle.”
“We have set up 24/7 emergency operation centre to coordinate our response to this public health threat. Dedicated hotlines will be made available to the public to call if they suspect infection. The National Emergency Number 112 is also active and citizens can call free of charge to report emergency.” He said.