Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki in a statement on Saturday said sixteen percent of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state are health workers. He hailed the state health workers for their commitment and sacrifice in the fight against the deadly virus.
Obaseki advised the people of Edo State to: “join me to express our gratitude to our healthcare workers, who have been leading our fight against COVID-19.
“These gallant men and women continuously stay to sacrifice almost everything; their health, friends and families, livelihoods, and resources, just to make sure that we are safe.
“We thank you for your sacrifices and want you to know that we are extremely grateful and we are very proud of your commitment and efforts.”
Governor Godwin Obaseki also encouraged the health workers not to be discouraged by the fact that over 16 percent of the state confirmed cases were from amongst them while pointing that it’s natural that the ugly development might affect their initial morale towards fighting the virus.
He said, the Edo State government, “will not relent in prioritizing your welfare and continue to ensure that you have adequate training, access to the right equipment, facilities, and proper compensation.
“The resilience of the state’s healthcare system is being tested by COVID-19. Edo State shall overcome with the dedication of our healthcare workers.
“We encourage our people to continue to practice social and physical distancing, wear face masks at all times, especially when you are visiting health facilities, and wash your hands frequently.
“These will reduce the spread and the impact of the virus, especially on our health workers, and ensure our human resources are not over-stretched. Thank you to Edo State’s health workers.”
Obaseki also noted that seven more coronavirus patients were discharged after a successful recovery from the virus. The state however recorded 13 new cases, two COVID-19 related deaths, and 179 unconfirmed cases.
The state governor, however, assured that his administration was committed to battling the coronavirus pandemic across Edo State’s 18 local government areas. The state’s Health Commissioner Patrick Okundia condemned the submission of wrong addresses and phone numbers during sample collection by residents, which makes it difficult to track down confirmed cases after laboratory results are released.
He, however, advised the state’s residence to present or report themselves through the Edo COVID-19 toll-free response lines, following any recent travel into the country, travel from high incident states, or contact with people with confirmed cases.
“While the state government intensifies efforts to contain the pandemic in all communities in Edo, we charge all residents to make themselves available for the ongoing massive screening and testing exercise across the state, as it will complement government’s efforts at curtailing the spread of the virus,” the commissioner said.