Anxious by the rising variety of confirmed instances of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the neighborhood unfold of the illness throughout Edo State, the federal government has restated the necessity for all residents to look at security and preventive measures.

Commissioner for Well being, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who spoke to journalists in Benin Metropolis, stated bodily distancing, obligatory use of face masks, hand hygiene and different epidemiological security guidelines have to be strictly adopted with a purpose to stop additional unfold of COVID-19 and shield the folks, particularly the aged, who account for a lot of the fatalities recorded within the state.

In keeping with Okundia, “As a authorities, our highest precedence is the well being, security and well-being of all Edo folks, and that features the aged who’re among the many most susceptible to COVID-19.

“Information have proven that adults of 60 years and above, particularly these with pre-existing medical circumstances, particularly coronary heart illness, lung illness, diabetes or most cancers usually tend to have extreme, even lethal coronavirus an infection than different age teams. This factors to the hazard forward if we don’t take decisive steps to guard ourselves and our senior residents who represent solely 5 % of our state’s inhabitants”.

The commissioner continued, “To go with authorities’s efforts at containing the pandemic and defending all residents, we urge you to remain at house and observe all precautionary measures towards the unfold of the infectious illness, together with observing bodily distancing, common handwashing with cleaning soap beneath working water and the usage of alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Cowl your mouth and nostril correctly when sneezing and/or coughing.

“On our half, we’re working intently with all neighborhood, non secular and conventional leaders, related companies and different stakeholders to make sure that acceptable measures are taken to guard our susceptible inhabitants and certainly all Edo residents.”

He additional reassured that the state was making regular progress within the administration of the pandemic, including “Edo State has to this point recorded 851 confirmed instances, 5647 suspected instances, 257 discharged individuals, 32 deaths and is contact-tracing 2510 individuals”

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