The Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Hospital, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbenin, said Edo State has recorded its first case of coronavirus. He made this known while briefing newsmen at government House, Benin City.
The CMD pointed out that a patient who came back from Europe, was diagnosed and the result confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus. He added that the person is presently under isolation, undergoing treatment, and expected to get better.
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki while speaking also announced a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in any part of the state, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The governor ordered public officers below grade level 12 (except those providing essential services such as fire service and healthcare workers) to work from home until further notice, adding that all schools should remain closed in order to give effect to the social distancing policy
Governor Obaseki, who urged residents not to panic as the state government has taken serious steps to prevent further spread of the virus in the state, said his administration has developed an action plan to cope with the pandemic.
The governor called on citizens to make public the identity of anyone that arrived from Europe, America or Asia in the last 30 days for screening and support.
Obaseki said, there are three isolation centres in Benin City, Auchi and a federal government testing centre in Irrua with a large number of well-trained and certified health workers to trace and treat reported cases.
He pointed out that designated hospitals include the Central Hospital, Edo Specialist Hospital, Stella Obasanjo Hospital and University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
Governor Obaseki further noted that coronavirus is not a death sentence, and advised citizens to postpone unnecessary travels in and out of Edo State and if possible, stay at home.
He urged residents not to panic but remain calm and cooperate with the government by ensuring they follow the instructions and steps which have been outlined to curtail the COVID-19.
The governor called on the people to report any signs or symptoms of coronavirus to the nearest designated hospital for monitoring, testing and care for quick recovery.
He gave the following numbers to residents for necessary assistance 08084096723, 08064258163, 08035835529 and 08074132010.