Edo discharges seventh patient


Edo State, on Monday, in Benin announced discharge of its seventh coronavirus patient. Governor Godwin Obaseki, in a statement, said the patient was the state’s index case. The patient, who tested negative twice, was cleared from one of the isolation centres in the state. Obaseki said Edo now had a 50 per cent recovery rate for patients. “The government encourages everyone with symptoms of the disease to come out for screening, testing and treatment as early detection complements efforts at containing the virus and increases the chances of survival. “All residents of Edo State are encouraged to abide strictly with government’s directives on social distancing, use of face mask in public, regular hand washing with soap under running water or using alcohol-based sanitisers, cough etiquette, and compliance with the stay-at-home order. “Two toll-free lines for COVID-19 response have been introduced by the state government to strengthen the initial lines from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO), which were distributed at the beginning of the outbreak. “So, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please call 08001235111 or 08002200110 for assistance” The government said it has provided life insurance and special allowances for health care workers handling coronavirus disease in the state, as motivation in the fight against the pandemic. Obaseki, yesterday according to his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, spoke in a broadcast, stressing Edo was making progress in containing the disease and that the state treats patients in three of four isolation centres, with a capacity of 300 beds, and 30 ventilators. He said his administration acquired three more PCR machines and trained over 4,200 health care workers, who now man the state’s screening, testing and treatment facilities. “Our health workers are crucial, if we are to win the fight against COVID-19. We have emphasised training, equipping and motivation of frontline health workers. To date, we have trained over 4,200 health care workers who are now manning our screening, testing and treatment facilities. Apart from providing the safety and protection required, we have offered them life insurance and special allowances to continue to motivate them…’’

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