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Coronavirus Pandemic: Edo Converts Stella Obasanjo Hospital to Isolation Centre


As part of efforts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki has revealed that the Stella Obasanjo Hospital will be used as a test centre and authorized the transfer of patients to the new Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin City.

The Governor also announced its intention to give economic stimulus package to citizens to suppress the economic effect of COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

This was disclosed by the Deputy Governor of the State, Mr. Philip Shaibu, on behalf of Governor Obaseki who is still in self isolation despite being tested negative.

Meanwhile, the Edo State deputy governor has expressed displeasure at the level of compliance by residents of the state on the safe distance order by government, adding that many people still found it difficult to observe especially transporters in the state.

He said,
“The social distance rules are some of the measures to keep people alive. Some of the markets visited, the committee observed that the safe distance rule was not properly observed. Similarly, a lot of transporters still flout the social distance policy of government"

“For emphasis, the policy is that for cars, they are to carry one passenger in front and two at the back; for buses, it remains one passenger in front and two on each of the back rows".

“Against this backdrop, security agencies are enjoined to work towards achieving full compliance.”

In similar development, Dr. Wale Famiyesin, Coordinator World Health Organisation (WHO) in the state, stressed that coronavirus does not move if people does not move from place to place to contact it adding that there are three stages of facilities in the state namely, to hold contact cases, isolation cases and to manage severe cases.

It would be recalled that, since the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in the country, Nigeria has recorded 81 cases while 2 were confirmed in Edo state.

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