Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Current Status in Ogun State, Nigeria

  • H.A. Yusuff
  • O.Y. Awere
  • O.A. Ihekuna
  • E. Ayinde
  • O. Coker
Keywords: COVID-19, virus, cases.

Abstract

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can be transmitted by human contact. After the first infections in China at the end of 2019, COVID-19 has continued to spread across the world. No continent has been able to escape this virus. In Nigeria, the first case of COVID-19 was detected on 27th February 2020 in Lagos State; an Italian visitor on a business trip to Ewekoro cement plant, Ogun State, this did not lead to an immediate outbreak in the state, however, series of immediate interventions were put in place by the government of Ogun state and the Federal Republic of Nigeria in response to COVID-19.

At the time of preparing this manuscript the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported a total infected cases of 25,133 people, with 9,402 recoveries and total death of 573 cases. In this article, the daily number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 were obtained from publicly available outbreak situation report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Ogun State Ministry of Health a preliminary epidemiological analysis of COVID-19 outbreak in Ogun state between 27th February and 28th June, 2020 and a breakdown of the disease in the local governments of the state is provided. A total of 774 confirmed cases and 18 COVID-19 deaths were recorded in nineteen local government areas out of twenty local government areas in Ogun state, Nigeria. 342 (43.7%) of the infected cases seen were detected in the Ado Odo Ota local government area, and the Sagamu local government area with about 206 (26.3%) infected cases which are border towns to Lagos state the most infected state in Nigeria. 78.6% of the infected cases were in the middle age group, specifically the 25-34, 35-44 and 45-54 age categories. The number of men infected with COVID-19 in Ogun state is 3 times that of women infected implying that Men are more at risk for worse outcomes and death, irrespective of age, with COVID-19. This study thus provides an insight into the COVID-19 current situation in Ogun state and serve as a reminder to policymakers, health officers, disease control agencies and the general public, that although the number of confirmed cases may be relatively low in Ogun state, the risk is still very high and potentially, there could be many asymptomatic cases in the state, Ogun State

Keywords: COVID-19, virus, cases.

 

Published
2020-10-01
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