Edo State government, Monday, said the state has recorded its first case of Coronavirus just as it said measures have been put in place to curtail its spread in the state.
The governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, gave the assurance while briefing newsmen on the preparedness of its government in tackling the spread of the virus in the state.
Obaseki said though the state is witnessing its first case, there is no need to panic stressing that it is not a dead sentence.
“I am addressing you today on the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that has destabilize the economies and social existence of many countries in the last 4 months. COVID-19 has finally found its way into our country Nigeria reveals that there has been in the number of confirmed cases.
“In Edo state we have developed our action plan to cope with the pandemic. The postponed National Sports Festival Edo 2020 gave us the opportunity to put in place a contingency plan. We have three isolation center in Benin city, Irrua and Auchi, a federal government testing center in Irrua and a large number of very well trained of certified workers to trace and treat patients .
“Coronavirus is not a death sentence, so there is no need to panic. With swift identification and proper and management and care, many persons who had been infected with the virus have made full recoveries, if we all work together to take the right precautions.
“The commons signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus infection include dry cough, fever and difficulty in breathing”, he said.
He said as part of its government to bring the dreaded virus to a standstill, various centres have been designated for those who have contracted the virus while social distance should also be fully maintained.
“Since COVID-19 is a virus that is transmitted from one person to another through close contact, the most effective and proven remedy to reduce its spread is through social distancing. Social distancing involves reducing as much as possible physical contacts with others.
“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 operation behaviour however, 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.
“Citizens are advised to postpone unnecessary travels in and out of Edo state and if possible stay at home”, he said.
The governor called on the citizens of the state to report anyone who has just returned from Europe and other affected countries to the appropriate authority for prompt response and interventions.
“If you or you know of anyone who arrived from Europe, America or Asia in the last 30 days please give the details of such persons including their phone numbers so that we can provide screening and any required support to them. You should call: 08084096723, 08064258163, 08035835529, 08074132019.
“If you or any relative notice any signs and symptoms of Coronavirus, please report to the nearest designated hospitals(Central hospital, Edo Specialist Hospital, Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, University of Benin Teaching Hospital and Auchi General Hospital) for monitoring, possible testing and treatment for better chances of recovery.
“The Edo state government is very interested in the health, welfare and social support for vulnerable group particularly the elderly and persons with chronic diseases. Please call and report any cases to 08084096723, 08064258163, 08035835529, 08074132019.
“The Edo state taskforce on COVID-19 which is headed by me and made up of prominent leaders in the state will meet frequently to review and update the situation”, he said.
Governor Obaseki further urged the citizens of the state adhere to all safety measures.
“As you go about your daily activities, apply extra caution to wash hands regularly under running water and use alcohol-based sanitisers.
“As we face this challenge, I call on Edo residents to remain calm and co-operate with us and ensure that you follow the instructions and steps which have been outlined to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Be rest assured that your government will provide the required leadership and support to check this pandemic in Edo state”, he said.
On the part of Sylvanus Okogbenin, Chief Medical Director Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) who confirmed the first coronavirus case in Edo said the patient is stable and undergoing treatment.
“This is the first we are confirming in Edo state, it was somebody who travelled to one of the European countries, came back, and samples were taken to the state epidemiologist and they confirmed the diagnosis to be COVID-19.
“After that, was now isolated and receiving treatment. Many of the cases are not very severe; you have mild, moderate, severe and critical but this falls between the mild to moderate disease”, he said.