Kwara State government on Wednesday, called on the Federal government to expedite action on setting up a COVID-19 testing centre in the state.
The government expressed its readiness to offer all the necessary cooperation to ease the setting up of the facility, as it would strengthen the capacity to test more samples.
A statement by the spokesman of the state COVID-19 technical committee, Rafiu Ajakaye in Ilorin, which disclosed that the government will take a stand on Wednesday (today) on the reopening of worship centres in the state, also explained reasons for the recent spike in the infection rate of the virus.
The statement said the peak in the number of the virus infection was on Monday, following a deliberate effort of the committee towards contact tracing and testing of all persons and health workers that had contacts with two persons who recently sneaked into the state and tested positive for the virus.
“So far, 75 percent of our active cases were imported. There is no record of community spread yet in Kwara,” the statement noted, just as it commended security agencies and asked them to do more by securing the borders and preventing the influx of people into the state.
”The new 23 confirmed cases were a backlash from porous borders,” the statement noted, adding that, “the cases included a contact of a deceased whose corpse was brought into Kwara State from the neighbouring Ekiti State.
“The government has, therefore, despatched a rapid response team to begin an aggressive contact tracing of the case in the affected community for another round of test.”
” For the record, the rise in the cases was as a result of government’s proactiveness in rounding up all contacts and testing all of them,” the statement added.
It explained further that “As of May 30, 2020, our percentage of recoveries and discharges was 43, far above the national average of 29 percent, while mortality rate was 1.15 percent, well below the national average of 2.81 percent.