… records 17 new cases, 49 recoveries
BENIN CITY – The Edo State Government will tomorrow, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 commence the roll out of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine across the 18 local government areas, as part of efforts to contain the pandemic.
The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this while speaking to journalists in Benin City, the state capital.
He noted that Edo on Monday flagged off the rollout of the vaccine in the state with Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, among others, receiving their first jab, adding that the state was yet to begin mass distribution of the 81, 080 doses received from the Federal Government.
Obi said religious and traditional leaders, as well as politicians, among others across the 18 LGAs will be publicly vaccinated in order to boost people’s confidence to be inoculated against the disease in the local communities.
He further disclosed that the state has designated over 103 vaccination posts across the state’s LGAs to ensure that eligible and duly registered residents in the state are vaccinated against the deadly virus.
The Incident Manager, who said the state was recording success in containing the pandemic, noted that there are 17 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 49 recoveries and no death.
According to him, “Edo State, in the last 24 hours, collected 161 samples and recorded 17 new cases, 49 recoveries with 179 active cases that are being managed at various treatment and isolation centres in the state.”
While reiterating the need for residents to comply with preventive protocols against the spread of the virus, Obi charged residents with COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000 for assistance.