Monday , March 29 2021

COVID-19: We’re winning war against second wave of pandemic – Edo govt

…vaccinates 24, 873 persons, records no death in 14 days

BENIN CITY – The Edo State Government has declared that the state is gradually getting victory over the second wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as the state intensifies vaccination of eligible residents and other measures to contain the deadly virus across18 local government councils in the state.

The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this during the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

Obi stated that the state is witnessing a progressive decline in active cases and case positivity and over 50 percent rise in recovery rate, with no death in the last 14 days, noting that the new data is an indication that the outbreak has been significantly contained in the state.

According to him, “Edo State, in the last 72 hours, collected 103 samples and recorded 2 new cases and 20 recoveries with no deaths. We currently have 19 active cases that are being managed at various treatment and isolation facilities.”

Noting that the community transmission of the virus stands at 92.2 percent and case positivity at 1.1 percent, Obi disclosed that the confirmed cases were reported from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) laboratory.

He added that Edo has so far collected 22, 092 samples and recorded 2180 confirmed cases, 2072 recoveries and 73 deaths since December 01, 2020 when the state started tracking the second wave of the pandemic.

Urging residents to continue to comply with the state’s preventive protocols against the spread of the infectious disease, Obi further urged citizens with COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000 for assistance.

On her part, Executive Secretary of the state’s Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Julie Erhabor, noted that the state has intensified the vaccination of health workers, the elderly and other eligible members of the public across the state.

Reassuring the government’s commitment to containing the pandemic and protecting the people, Erhabor said the state has cumulatively vaccinated over 24, 873 persons, which represent 51.82 percent of the target population for the first phase of the vaccination exercise in the state.

She, however, charged the elderly, frontline workers and other eligible members of the public to take advantage of the vaccination exercise to get themselves and their loved ones protected against the virus.

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