Tuesday , July 14 2020

COVID-19: Obaseki reaffirms commitment to combating pandemic as discharged patients surpass 1000

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that his administration is sparing no efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and protect residents in the state.

In a statement, the governor said the state has exceeded the 1000 threshold for discharged patients, reassuring that his administration remains committed to protecting Edo people, especially the elderly population who are most vulnerable to the virus.

He noted that the state has now discharged a total of 1014 patients from its isolation facilities, who have been cleared to reunite with their families and the society.

Obaseki said: “We have discharged a total of 1014 COVID-19 patients from our isolation facilities. The patients have since rejoined their families. However, the number of deaths has risen to 58. We remain committed to protecting our people, especially the elderly, from this pandemic. Stay safe.”

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, expressed worry over the alarming rate of community spread of the virus, urging residents to comply with all guidelines against the spread of the infectious disease.

Okundia who noted that the state has recorded a total of 1,778 confirmed cases, 7,549 suspected cases and 58 COVID-19-related deaths, further warned against submission of wrong information, including names, addresses and phone contacts during sample collection for testing.

The commissioner added: “We urge all residents to comply with all government directives, aimed at ensuring the health and safety of all Edo people. While the government ramps up efforts to win the war against this common enemy of mankind, it is necessary that residents stay at home and observe social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures against the spread of the disease, including regular hand washing with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing and/or coughing.”

“Two toll-free lines for COVID-19 response have been introduced by Edo State Government to strengthen the initial lines from the State Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) distributed at the outset of the outbreak. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please call 08001235111 or 08002200110 for assistance”, Okundia added.

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