After the initial address by the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki yesterday March 23, 2020 on the spread of Coronavirus into the state, the governor approved more stringent measures today to slowdown the global pandemic.
One of the measures that was adjusted is the ban on gatherings which was put at ‘not more than 50 people’ yesterday, but now adjusted to ’20 people’. This restriction covers the entire state.
The governor earlier ordered public officers below grade level 12 (except those providing essential services such as fire service and healthcare workers) to work from home until further notice.
The intensity of Edo State Government intervention is informed by the confirmation by the Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Hospital, Sylvanus Okogbenin, that Edo State had recorded its first case of coronavirus.
Amidst worries and uncertainties, Obaseki urged residents not to panic as his government has taken serious steps to prevent further spread of the virus in the state.
He stressed that his administration has developed an “action plan to cope with the pandemic.”
However, Obaseki called on the public to give information on the identity of anyone that arrived from the pandemic zones, including Europe, America, Asia and Middle East in the last 30 days for “screening and support.”
Governor Obaseki stressed his administration’s preparedness with the establishment of isolation centres.
“We have three isolation centres in Benin City, Irrua and Auchi; a federal government testing centre in Irrua, and large number of well-trained and certified health workers to trace and treat patients.
It will be recalled that the state government ordered the closure of all schools last week indefinitely as part of measure to safeguard the health of her citizens.
Governor Obaseki explained that the order to review the numbers of ‘gatherings’ from 50 to 20 persons is aimed at giving effect to the social distancing policy.
Subsequently, the gathering of more than 20 people is prohibited in Edo State till further notice.