The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has rolled out measures to halt the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic.
The governor, in a broadcast on Wednesday, announced the reintroduction of restrictions and reactivation of disease surveillance and management protocols, including public health and safety guidelines to fortify the state government’s efforts at flattening the curve of the second wave of the virus.
Obaseki noted that “In line with the Federal Government directive, we have adjusted our curfew to now begin from 12 mid-night to 4 am daily, beginning from today, December 23, 2020, except on December 31st, 2020.”
According to the governor, all schools in the state will remain shut until January 18, 2021.
He said: “the government has decided to reintroduce the following measures in Edo State to limit the spread of the second wave of COVID-19, particularly during this holiday period: Wearing of facemask is mandatory in public places; there should be drastic reduction in number of people attending religious, political and social gatherings in one place; people are advised not to patronize or enter any public facility without hand wash station, provided with soap and running water; Make use of hand sanitisers and observe adequate hand hygiene.”
Obaseki noted: “The reason why I decided to address you today is to bring to your attention that a second wave of covid-19, which has been ravaging the world, has now hit us in Edo State.
“As at this morning, we have recorded 32 active cases with 4 new cases in the last 24 hours.
“Experts have warned that from experience, the second wave in any epidemic is usually larger than the first. This is why as a government we are very concerned.
“Arising from the experience, which we gained during the last outbreak of COVID-19, we now have in place a robust disease surveillance system in the state with well-trained contact tracers, who can undertake active case searches; we have 4 PCR molecular laboratories that can undertake large numbers of tests with procedures to promptly obtain results from the laboratories.”
Reassuring the government’s readiness to manage active cases and check the spread of the virus, the governor stated: “Our case management system is intact to provide care for confirmed cases. We also have 4 well-equipped, functional isolation centers spread across the state.
“Even though we have created the capacity to respond to the new outbreak of COVID-19, our strategy to cope with the second wave is to decrease the incidence of the disease and decrease the mortality from the disease
“In order to decrease the number of COVID-19 cases and reduce deaths from this second wave, we must emphasise public enlightenment. As much as possible, you should avoid crowded places, closed places and close contact with other people.”
“For our brothers and sisters returning from abroad, we urge you to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000.”