COVID19: Measures embarked upon by the Edo State Government to tackle pandemic


Edo Government say it has recorded two new cases of coronavirus making a total of 11 confirmed cases in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, disclose this while addressing newsmen in Benin on Monday.

“The fight against coronavirus disease has been on in the state.

“Our people have been told, but the message we are getting is that our people are not taking this messages seriously. This is a serious business.

“As we are receiving new cases everyday. The state has been prepared in fighting this disease by providing different isolation centers across the state.

“We have four isolation centers in the state. One is at the Central Hospital Auchi, another one is at Irrua Specialist Hospital, we have one at University of Benin Teaching Hospital and one at Stella Obansajo Hospital.

“The state has also provided a holding center at the Stella Obansajo Hospital where suspected cases of coronavirus who are awaiting tesults are going to be kept.

“Anybody with symptoms should go straight to Stella Obansajo Hospital, doctors and nurses have been trained to attend to such people,” he said.

Also The State Government on Monday directed residents who must leave their homes to wear face mask as precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

The State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the state COVID-19 Response Committee, Mr Philip Shaibu told newsmen that government has concluded plans to collaborate with local tailors to mass produce face mask in the state.

“We have held several meetings with stakeholders today and we agreed that all residents who must leave their homes during the partial lockdown must wear a face mask.

“We are working with local tailors to mass produce these face mask that will go round everybody.

“I want to encourage us to stay at home and if you must go out please wear a face mask and maintain social distance,” he said.

According to him, anyone found outside without a face mask will be prosecuted.

The governnement also frowned against the use of hotels as isolation centres and we are saying it is no longer acceptable.

“Those who are even isolating themselves at home do not adhere to the rules so it is banned with effect from today.

“Only the four designated isolation centres in Auchi general hospital in Edo North, Irrua Specialist hospital in Edo Central, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and Stella Obasanjo hospital in Edo South will be used from now on,” he added.

Still on Covid19, The State Government has directed the shutdown of markets in the state from Wednesday, April 8, 2020, for the commencement of fumigation of the facilities.

Deputy Governor and Chairman, Edo State COVID-19 Response Technical Committee, Rt. Comrade Hon. Philip Shaibu, who disclosed this in a press briefing, said fumigation of the markets would commence from the day of closure.

According to him, “All markets in Edo State are to be shut down effective from Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The state government will undertake the fumigation of the markets from the day of closure.

He added that the markets are to be relocated to designated public primary and secondary schools within the market’s vicinity.

He noted that the government has recommended the use of face masks as a government sanctioned precautionary measures against COVID-19, adding, “We have met with traditional and religious leaders to work out modalities for the implementation of different precautionary measures against COVID-19.”

He continued, “The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has been designated as a holding/isolation centre. Isolation facilities are being made more comfortable for patients, as TV and Air Conditioning (AC) sets have been installed. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reports that people are coming for voluntary testing.”


Secretary to Edo State Government, Barr. Osarodion Ogie urged market leaders in the state to sensitise their members to ensure they maintain social distancing in the market, as coronavirus has no respect for any person.

“Coronavirus has no cure but the only cure is for us all to listen and obey government’s directives and instructions on measures to follow to check the pandemic.”

Commissioner for information and Orientation, Rt. Hon. Paul Ohonbamu commended the press in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, urging the citizens to stay at home as the virus doesn’t move but people who move contract and spread the virus.