Edo State government has explained how a returnee from one of the European Countries who tested positive to Coronavirus in the State, barely two hours after Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the case and four others on Monday in Abuja and Lagos State.
Governor Obaseki disclosed this at a joint briefing with members Edo State Taskforce on Covid-19 on Monday in Government house, Benin City.
The Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist teaching hospital, ISTH, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin, said the Nigerian who tested positive to Coronavirus has been isolated at ISTH.
He said the patient tested positive to Covid-19 after the patient returned from one of the European Countries to the State recently.
Okogbenin who declined to give further details of the medical record of the patient, however said that contact tracing of the patient with moderate and mild system has begun.
Giving further details on the steps the government has taken to contain the outbreak of Covid-19, Governor Obaseki, urged residents of the State to adhere strictly to health safety tips including social distancing policy and avoid gatherings of more than 50 persons which is prohibited in Edo state till further notice.
He emphasized that all schools are to remain closed in Edo state indefinitely while public transportation will remain in operation behaviour, but cautioned that crowding in commercial vehicles should be avoided.
The governor also advised residents of State experienced symptoms of Coronavirus to make use of the well equipped isolation Centres in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Central Hospital both in Benin City (Edo South Senatorial district), Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, ISTH (Edo Central) and the General Hospital, Auchi (Edo North) Senatorial districts of the State.
He also advised residents in the State to be calm and report any suspicious cases of Covid-19 through emergency lines that have been provided by the State government for attention.
He explained further that Stakeholders in the State such as opinion, religious and traditional leaders, Local Government Councils’ heads and business owners in the State to step up sensitization campaign against the dreaded Covid-19.
“All public officers below grade level 12 (except those providing essential services such as fire and healthcare) should work from home till further notice”.
“The government of Edo state therefore advises that from today Monday 23 March 2020, every Citizen should practice social distancing to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading.
“In order to give effect to our social distancing policy gatherings of more than 50 is prohibited in Edo state till further notice.
“All schools are to remain closed in Edo state till further notice.
“Public transportation will remain in operational behaviour of crowding in commercial vehicles should be avoided.
“All public officers below grade level 12 (except those providing essential services such as fire and healthcare) should work from home till further notice”, he said.
Reacting to the update on Coronavirus, the State deputy governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, said the government had procured 11,500 hand sanitizers ahead of the National Sports Festival tagged: “Edo 2020” which was recently suspended by the federal government due to safety concern.