The Commissioner for Health, Ekiti State– Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, announced today that all religious gatherings within the state are to remain dormant, as the Covid-19 virus rages throughout the country.
Dr. Yaya-Kolade revealed this at a COVID-19 press briefing in Ado Ekiti, saying the ordered halt is part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.
“We do not want to open and later say we want to close our worship centres”, she said.
“We have met with the religious leaders and what we said was that churches and mosques should remain closed”.
Yaya-Kolade noted that the decision was made with the cooperation of both Muslim and Christian leaders in the State.
“We deliberated and the decision to reopen will only be made when we see that we have enough scientific evidence to show that it is safe to reopen”, she said.
“We are happy that there is no community spread in Ekiti, there is even decline and we have to keep this tempo going”.
“A lot of things happen in churches like handshaking, embracing, clustering and taking of Holy Communion together, all these must be resolved before we can say we want to open our churches,” she said.
Yaya-Kolade stated that Ekiti recorded six Covid-19 patients, four having been discharged from the isolation centre recently after tested negative twice.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, emphasized the strict security situation in the state, insisting that no major breaches have occurred at the borders.
“The guidelines for bringing of corpses to Ekiti still remain the same. Whoever wants to hold any burial must get a death certificate to obtain clearance at the Ministry of Health”, Aluko said.
The Ekiti State government will also begin testing at its molecular laboratory to boost the state’s testing capacity. The Health Commissioner revealed that Thursday would herald the start of the tests in the bid to keep the virus out of the State.
“We will begin pilot testing on Thursday at the molecular laboratory that we established. Everything is set for the commencement of the large scale testing,’’ she said.
The commissioner gave assurance that all patients are in stable condition, adding that those on oxygen supplementation had been taken off and could now breathe on their own.
“Also, two of the six still being isolated have turned negative. We are awaiting the second negative for them to be discharged”.