At the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Sagamu, Ogun State, 35 persons have tested positive for COVID-19.
On Thursday, Dr. Tomi Coker, the state commissioner for health, told journalists that the third wave of COVID-19 is on its way.
Some of those who tested positive have been confined to isolation centers, while others are under home management.
“There are 35 NYSC members who have tested positive. Some are on home management, while others are at the isolation center,” she said.
Ogun has seen an increase 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 COVID-19 cases, with a 6 fold increase in admissions into the isolation center as compared to 2 months ago.
In the month of June 2021, there were only two cases, giving a positivity rate of 0.04%, while in the month of July, there were 96 cases with a positivity rate of 7.4%.
In the first 3 days of August, the positivity rate increased by 14.6%. As of June, isolation ward at OOUTH had only 2 admissions, whereas isolation ward at Ikenne has 35 admissions with 71 on home management.
The death rate remained relatively static at 50 until July 15, after which 7 deaths occurred in the last two weeks.
“In the last week, there has been an increase in new cases from 7 per day to 16 per day.”
A small fraction of the state’s population had also been immunized, according to the Commissioner.
According to her, all mortalities so far have been caused by people who were not vaccinated.
126,631 people were vaccinated for the first dose of COVID-19, which translates to 136% of the target population for this exercise, while 57,453 people were vaccinated for the second dose, according to Coker.
“The figures above represent only a tiny fraction of our population in Ogun State, and to achieve herd immunity we must vaccinate at least 70% of the populace.
“In order to achieve the above, a new opportunity has arisen this month with the commencement of the second phase of vaccination across the twenty local government areas.
Also, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone 18 and older who is yet to be vaccinated to present themselves at the nearest vaccination centers during the next vaccination round.
According to our observations, all mortalities occur in the unvaccinated. COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and offers protection against the disease.Continue to wear your mask properly, wash your hands frequently, observe physical distance, and avoid crowds whenever possible.”