In a bid to contain the wide spread of the global pandemic, Edo State the government has employed residents to support efforts to contain the pandemic by adhering to Covid-19 safety guidelines and protocols established by the NCDC and must make use face mask.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, who spoke to journalists in Benin City, said the Governor Godwin Obaseki- led administration has taken serious steps towards containing the pandemic, adding: “To remain safe and healthy, all citizens must comply with all the set guidelines to curtail the spread of the infectious disease. You must observe all COVID-19 preventive measures including self-isolation, social distancing and the use of hand sanitisers, among others.”
Noting that the state government was recording steady progress in the management of the pandemic, Okundia added that the state has discharged 100 more COVId-19 patients who have tested negative and cleared from various isolation facilities in the state to reunite with their families.
According to him, “Edo State has so far recorded a total of 2,241 confirmed cases, 10,355 suspected cases and 1,684 discharged persons. We have also recorded a total of 5115 line-listed contacts, 350 persons of interest (POI) and 79 deaths with a case fatality rate (CFR) of four per cent and positivity rate at 22 per cent.”
The commissioner reassured that contact tracing and line-listing activities are on-going in all affected LGAs in the state, while active case searches and POI tracking are ongoing in all the 18 LGAs.
“With the rising number of cases and deaths, it has become imperative to reiterate the need for all residents to comply with all safety and precautionary guidelines against the spread of the virus in order to protect ourselves and our aged population, who are most vulnerable to the virus.