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Edo Discharges Seventh COVID-19 Patient

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki holds a love briefing on COVID-19 by the State Response Team in Benin on April 19, 2020.

 

The Edo State Government has announced the discharge of the seventh COVID-19 patient, who has tested negative twice for the virus and cleared from one of the state’s isolation centres.

In a statement issued on Monday, Governor Godwin Obaseki said the patient is the index case in the state.

The governor noted that with the development, the state has now recorded a 50 percent recovery rate for admitted patients being managed in facilities across the state.

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“Good people of Edo, another COVID-19 patient, who is the index case in Edo State, has tested negative for the second time consecutively.

“He has now been discharged to reunite with his family.

“This brings to seven patients successfully managed and discharged from our isolation facilities.

“We have now recorded a 50 percent recovery rate for patients being managed in our facilities,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, in a chat with journalists, urged residents to support the government’s efforts at containing the virus.

In doing this, Okundia wants the people to make themselves available for the ongoing massive screening across the state, noting that prompt detection was germane in the fight against the spread of the infectious disease.

“Screening facilities (questionnaire-based) have been set up in six Primary Health Care (PHC) centres and four private health facilities in Oredo Local Government Area (LGA), scale-up across the 18 LGAs of Edo State is being worked out.

“The Government encourages everyone with symptoms of the disease to come out for the screening, testing, and treatment as early detection complements efforts at containing the virus and increases the chances of survival,” the Commissioner said.

Speaking further, he urged the people to abide strictly with the government’s directives on social distancing.

He also wants them to regularly use a facemask in public, wash their hands with soap under running water or alcohol-based sanitisers, and also obey the stay-at-home order.

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