Thursday , June 10 2021

Edo vaccinates over 7,400 persons, ramps up exercise in Benin metropolis, others

…records no death in 8 days, one new case in 24 hrs
…insists on compliance with guidelines against spread

BENIN CITY – Edo has vaccinated over 7, 484 persons across the state’s 18 local government areas with the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine since Monday, March 15, 2021 when the state flagged off its vaccination exercise.

Executive Secretary of the state’s Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Julie Erhabor, disclosed this during the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

Erhabor who noted that the state has intensified the vaccination exercise in high population density areas as well as rural communities, said Edo has so far not recorded any adverse incident since the commencement of the vaccination.

She disclosed that the state is training a special team of health workers with a target to reach more people in the metropolis, adding that the state is setting up 20 more vaccination sites in Oredo local council to increase its vaccination coverage.

Erhabor said Oredo LGA with 1,858 has the highest number of persons vaccinated, followed by Egor, Etsako East and Owan West with 619, 588 and 507 respectively.

Others are Akoko-Edo, 336;Esan Central,275; Esan North East, 102;Esan South East,257; Esan West,137; Etsako Central, 474; Etsako West, 234; Igueben, 277; Ikpoba-Okha, 271;Orhiomwon,380; Ovia North East,392; Ovia South West,172; Owan East,422 and Uhunmwonde, which has 123 persons vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi said Edo recorded one new case and 18 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, with no death in eight days.

Obi noted that the new case was reported from the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) laboratory, while the 18 recoveries were reported from the Stella Obasanjo Hospital and ISTH isolation facilities.

Noting that community transmission of the virus is at 92.2 percent, Obi said active case seach is ongoing across the state’s 18 local councils.

He disclosed that Edo has so far collected 21, 539 samples and recorded 2, 173 cases, 2035 recoveries and 73 deaths since December 01, 2020 when the state started tracking the second wave of the pandemic.

The Incident Manager who urged residents to make use of the opportunity of the ongoing vaccination exercise to get themselves inoculated and protected against the deadly virus, charged citizens to continue to comply with all guidelines to curtail the spread of the infectious disease and prevent re-infection.


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