COVID-19: Edo Govt Assures On Performing 1000 Tests Daily

……Places Dusk to dawn Curfew from 7 pm to 6 am

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State believes that the COVID-19 Pandemic is equivalent to war against an unknown enemy.

Despite his believes, he assured that the state Government is Prepared to tackle it through performing a thousand test daily.

Godwin Obaseki
Godwin Obaseki

However, to ensure strict compliance with measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, Governor Obaseki ordered the prohibition of movement of people in Edo State from 7 pm to 6 am starting Monday, April 20, 2020.

He said the order will be reviewed after 10 days “when we have increased screening and testing.”

According to him, the measures undertaken will help halt the Underlying effects of the spread in the state.

Governor Obaseki who was speaking during a press conference in Benin City explained that his government is well aware of the side effects of the partial lockdown in the state, but assured that, the state is now equipped to combat the spread.

The Governor Said, “Edo is prepared to combat this pandemic with the new testing centres, we can now have 1000 tests done daily”.

“The situation will find ourselves today is equivalent to war against an unknown enemy”.

“We should all show care and love at this time and be our brother’s keeper. The decision on partial lockdown would be reviewed based on test results”.

Continuing, he reiterated that, all trading activities during the period will be concentrated in primary and secondary schools, where stakeholders can enforce social distancing.

He encouraged all Edo Citizens to embark on required test confirmation of COVID-19 status as well as support the government on its drives to curtail the spreads of the Pandemic Disease.

“I encourage all of you to visit our screening centres, where you will be screened and if required tested for covid19

In order to cater to our student, we have designed Edo-BEST at home with a partnership with NTA to teach our children, “he said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, in a chat with journalists, urged residents with the symptoms of coronavirus to seize the opportunity of the ongoing massive screening across the state to ascertain their status.

He noted that prompt detection and treatment increases the chance of survival.

Okundia called on Edo sons and daughters to support the state government’s efforts at preventing the spread of the virus by coming out for the screening, testing and treatment, as well as complying with guidelines to contain the infectious disease.

He noted that while the state has recorded a total of 15 confirmed cases, 6 have tested negative and have been discharged, while contact tracing is ongoing for about 330 persons who had different levels of contacts with those who tested positive to the virus, adding that the number of suspected cases has increased to 123.

The Commissioner, who said COVID-19 is not a death sentence, urged Edo citizens, to stay at home and observe precautionary measures, as the government intensifies measures to curtail the spread of the lethal disease.

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