Doctors Without Borders, an independent, global movement providing medical aid where it’s needed most, have blamed escalating escalation in the rate of COVID-19 cases in Edo state on the apeopled Drmicratic Party )PDP) primary election held last week.
According to the group, the primary election was a show of irresponsibility as delegates and other leaders of the party mixed freely and completely disregarded all health and COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Dr Peter Olumense, who is Edo state Chairman of the group said, in a statement, that the fact that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State had tested positive after emerging from the event accounted for their conclusions.
“From (allegedly) queuing to receive bribes, to rallying around in open hugs and exchange of all kinds of bodily fluids, Governor Godwin Obaseki led the way and others followed in dangerous actions that raised the specter of COVID-19 contraction and silent spread in host communities where many of these delegates were ferried from”.
According to the doctors, “It didn’t take long before the consequences of that event and Obaseki’s meetings with infected persons to negotiate political deals, not least his irresponsible conduct at the PDP secretariat when he completed his defection, started to manifest”.
They said, “Today in Edo State, there has been a worrying spike of infection rates, with all of the new cases directly tied to the PDP primaries according to health workers. To hide the problem, Obaseki disbanded the state’s mobile screening team after refusing to pay them for three months”.
Observers say it is bad enough that the governor gave billions of Edo people’s money to the PDP tax collectors to purchase their ticket, but has now gone ahead to spread COVID-19 in the state.
They said unless steps were taken, the lives of innocent Edo people were in danger even as the government had refused to pay frontline health workers their wages.