COVID-19: Edo reactivates isolation, treatment centres, contact tracing network

Governor Godwin Obaseki

By Jethro Ibileke/Benin
To contain the daily increase of cases of coronavirus rising in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic, Edo state government has reactivated the various isolation and treatment centres in the state.
The state also reactivated the four molecular PCR laboratories and its contact tracing network.
The state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this on Sunday in a state broadcast.
He said the state government is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that it deploys its disease surveillance mechanism and contact tracing network across the state to handle new cases as they arise.
Obaseki noted that the state government’s strategy in tackling the pandemic is pronged on decreasing the incidence of the disease and reducing the death rate.
According to him, “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.
“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.
“In as much as the government will enforce the rules relating to COVID-19 in Edo State, it is important that each and every one of us take personal responsibility to protect ourselves and the people around us. We must abide by all public health and safety measures to ensure that we are safe.
“We appreciate the burden and dislocation which these restrictions cause our citizens and hope that with the discovery of the COVID-19 vaccines, this would be the last wave of the epidemic we would have to deal with.”