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Over 40,000 persons screened for COVID-19 in Edo



EDO State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has disclosed that the Edo State Government, in partnership with the private hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, which complemented the ongoing screening exercise across the designated government hospitals, have successfully screened over 40,000 persons and tested over 350  persons in the state for COVID-19.

  He noted that the screenings are conducted in designated primary healthcare centres (PHCs) in the 18 local government areas of the state, as well as the mobile screening centres that move across the 192 wards, with the accompanied private medical facilities.

  He reiterated that the state government has adopted a robust and scientific approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic since its outbreak by embarking on massive screening and testing of residents as a strategy to get a clearer picture of the spread of the pandemic in the state.

  He said that the state’s improved efforts at screening and testing were the reason the number of cases is rising. And so, as screening is aggressively pushed to cover the minimum target of 500,000 people and testing 15,000 individuals in the next few weeks, the state may record an astronomic rise in the number of cases.

  The governor further advised everyone to get screened at the numerous screening centres across the state, noting that the various screening centres also offer free medical check-up, free multivitamins and facemasks.

  He said that the evidence coming from the epidemiologists suggest that COVID-19 cases would continue to rise until it peaks by late June this year, and in his words; “I am confident that we can beat this virus in Edo State if we take the necessary precautionary measures”.

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