Monday , May 18 2020

COVID-19: Edo discharges 35th patient, as govt extends case search in 432 communities

The Edo State Government has announced the discharge of the 35th coronavirus (COVID-19) patient, who has tested negative for the virus and cleared from one of the state’s isolation centres.

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who disclosed this in a statement, commended the resilience and commitment of health workers and other first responders on the frontline of the state government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obaseki said, “We have discharged the 35th patient from one of our isolation facilities in the state. We appreciate the medical workers and other frontline staff battling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to review our measures until we win the battle against the virus.”

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, noted that the state has intensified Active Case Search (ACS) activities in 432 rural and urban communities across the state’s 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs), contact tracing over 796 persons and testing over 824 others.

The commissioner noted that from the onset of the outbreak, Edo State has recorded a total of 792 suspected cases of COVID-19 and 95 confirmed cases spread across eleven LGAs, including Oredo (58), Esan West (4), Egor (8), Ovia-North East (6), Ikpoba-Okha (10), Uhunmwode (2), Etsako Central (1), Esan South East (1), Akoko-Edo (1), Esan Central (1), and Orhionwon (1).

Okundia said, “The Edo State Government has continued to step up measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic in state, as we are committed to protecting our people. As part of these efforts, the state has opened five screening centres at border entries into the state, in addition to the existing screening and testing facilities, and mobile posts across the state; these are currently being scaled up across the 18 LGAs and 192 wards of Edo State.

“We urge all residents to make themselves available for the ongoing massive screening and testing, as it will complement government’s efforts at curtailing the spread of the virus”

“Also, we charge you to comply with all government directives, aimed at keeping you safe and healthy. Stay at home and observe social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures against the spread of the infectious disease, including regular hand washing with soap under running water and the use alcohol-based hand sanitisers,” the commissioner added.

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