By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Edo State Government has decried the rising cases of confirmed coronavirus in the state, saying citizens must support the government measures against the virus by embarking on self-reporting and presenting themselves for viral infection tests.
It explained that the active one hundred and eight confirmed cases; one thousand and fifty-eight suspected cases, five mortalities and thirty-five recoveries, had necessitated the call for aggressive testing to determine the extent of the spread in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, said that though state arrived at the current statistic after it intensify efforts at screening and testing, the residents still to present or report themselves through the state’s COVID-19 toll free response lines.
Okundia, while briefing newsmen in Benin on Tuesday said residents, particularly those with recent travel history into the country, travel from high incident states or contacts with confirmed cases need to present themselves for testing to protect their loved ones and mitigate community spread of the virus.
According to him, anyone with symptoms of the virus must desist from self-medication and report directly to one of the state’s testing or isolation centres, while urging the people to adhere to preventive guidelines recommended by the World Health Organisations and other stakeholders.
“The Edo State Government encourages everyone with symptoms of the disease or who have had any form of contact with confirmed cases to come out for screening, testing and treatment as early detection is key to containing the virus.
“We’re once more calling on all citizens to present or report themselves through the Edo State COVID-19 toll free response lines following any recent travel into the country or from high COVID-19 incident states within Nigeria. By complying with the self-isolation, social distancing, and self-reporting guidelines, you are not only helping the government in fighting against this deadly disease but aiding in ensuring the health and wellbeing of your relatives as well as other residents.
“The government urges you to avoid large gatherings and comply with all government directives, aimed at keeping you safe and healthy. Stay at home and observe all precautionary measures against the spread of the infectious disease, including regular handwashing with soap under running water and the use alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing and/or coughing.
“Two new toll-free lines for COVID-19 response have been introduced by Edo State Government to strengthen the initial lines from the State Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) distributed at the onset of the outbreak. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please 08001235111 or 08002200110 for assistance”, Okundia said.