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In Edo, suspected Coronavirus index person tests negative



THE Special Adviser to Edo State  Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagi has called on the members of the general public to disregard the rumours being spread by some elements on social media about COVID-19 in Edo State, rather, he enjoined the people to rely on authentic information put out by the state’s Ministry of Health, which is the authentic source and as well, managing the epidemic in the state.

   He said that the state government had taken proactive measures to ensure that the people ere protected and guarded against the spread of the virus.

“And one of the measures taken in this regard is the partnership with emergency response bodies in deploying a team to the Benin Airport to provide needed medical service that would ensure that suspected cases of the virus are spotted on time and sent for testing at the accredited institutions”.

  On the other hand, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, in his latest update, said that the last suspected case which was presented at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), samples were taken to the   Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, which tested negative to COVID-19.

  He reiterated that all suspected cases of COVID-19 whose samples were sent to the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) from Edo State, also tested negative to the virus.

ISTH has a World Health Organisation (WHO) designated laboratory for running tests for cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.

  He further maintained that the state government has also deployed teams to motor parks across the state to screen passengers moving in and out of the state, so as to ensure that any suspected case is picked up as early possible.

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