Edo LGAs Step up Campaign to Curb Spread of Coronavirus


Following  the directive by the Edo State Government to the 18 local councils to boost effort in checking the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), chairmen of the local councils have increased campaigns to complement the effort by the state government to check the spread of the virus in the state.

While inaugurating a 20-man Local Government Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 management, the Chairman of Uhunmwode Local Government Area (LGA), Hon. Napoleon Agbama, said the committee will ensure residents are sensitized on precautionary measures put in place by the Federal and State Ministries of Health to check the spread of coronavirus.

Agbama urged members of the committee, Heads of Primary Healthcare Centres, and other health workers on the need for collaboration to check the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the LGA.

The Chairman of Owan West LGA, Hon. Frank Ilaboya, who heads the council’s Task Force on COVID-19, said the team will monitor, supervise and coordinate the council’s response to COVID-19, emphasizing the main purpose of the team, which is to alert the people that coronavirus is real. In addition, the team is to enlighten them on the preventive measures and let them know that it is not a death sentence.

On his part, Chairman, Ikpoba-Okha LGA, Dr. Eric Osayande directed the council’s treasury department to release funds for the purchase of more prevention kits to be distributed to residents of the council area, assuring that the council is prepared to check the spread of the scourge in the area.

The council chairman of Akoko Edo LGA, Hon. Don Oteh Umoru,  enjoined residents to assist government in checking the spread of COVID-19, as he assured that face masks, sanitizers and other materials to prevent the virus will be distributed.

In the same vein, the Chairman, Ovia North East LGA, Hon. Scott Ogbemudia, visited motor parks and markets within the area where traders and members of the road transport union were sensitized on the preventive measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

He urged residents in the area to provide information relating to persons who return from Europe, America or Asia in the last 30 days, by giving the details of such persons, including their phone numbers to the committee.

Daniel Ejodamen
(FIC, Benin City)