No fewer than 35 State under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Ogun State have tested positive for COVID – 19.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, disclosed this on Thursday while briefing journalists in Abeokuta on the upsurge of the third wave of COVID – 19 in the state.
The Commissioner said some corps members are currently receiving treatment at isolation centres, while others are on home management.
“The number of NYSC members that have tested positive is 35. Some are on home management, while some are in the isolation center,” she said.
Coker expressed worry that Ogun State has continued to record a rise in cases since the beginning of August, with at least 7 to 16 cases per day.
“Ogun State has continued to record a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, with a 6 fold increase in admissions into the isolation centre compared to what was recorded 2 months earlier,” Coker said.
“In the month of June 2021, there were only two cases giving a positivity rate of 0.04 percent while the month of July had a sharp rise of 96 cases with a positivity rate of 7.4 percent.
“The first 3 days in the month of August has also seen a rise in positivity rate of 14.6percent. Isolation WARD at OOUTH which had only 2 admissions in June currently has 12 persons on admission whilst the isolation ward at Ikenne has 35 admissions with 71 on home management.
“Death rate had remained relatively static at 50 till July 15 after which we recorded 7 deaths in the last two weeks.
“In the last one week, there has been a sharp rise in new cases from 7 per day to 16 per day.”
The Commissioner also lamented that only small fraction of the state’s population had been vaccinated.
“Our observation so far is that all mortalities are in the unvaccinated,” she said.