The Edo state government's response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in the state marked a milestone with the completion of an additional detention center at the Ogbe Nursing Home, located in the Government Reserved Area (GRA) of the city of Benin .
With the new facility, Edo now has more than 500 capacity beds and isolation centers spread across different health facilities in the state, with Hospital Stella Obasanjo contributing over 42 beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 156 beds ; University Hospital of the University of Benin (UBTH) with an isolation center equipped with an ICU with 48 beds and others at the ISTH and the General Hospital of Auchi.
In a statement, the governor's special adviser for media and communication strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said that renovating and upgrading the facility in a standard detention facility is part of reinforced measures by the administration led by Governor Godwin Obaseki to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Osagie noted that the Ogbe Nursing Home will serve as a detention center where suspicious people will be held while their COVID-19 status is being verified through tests at the two test centers in Benin or the Irrua Special Education Hospital ( ISTH).
According to him, “since the coronavirus outbreak in the state, Governor Godwin Obaseki has initiated subtle measures to fight the pandemic, basing his decisions on the need to protect people not only from the virus, but also from the economic winds resulting from efforts to restrict the spread of the virus
“The state government has trained more than 4,200 health professionals who are at the forefront of the campaign against the pandemic. These health professionals receive life insurance and risk subsidies ranging from N90,000 to N300,000 to assist even the support staff and consultants working on the front lines. So far, Edo has acquired 5 PCR machines; more than 5000 means of viral transport (TVM); 28 ventilators, mobile x-ray machines, oxygen concentrators, among others.
He added: “While we are working aggressively to track more than 500,000 residents and test about 5,000 people from Edo in the next few days, the government has installed more than 18 screening centers across the state, with five additional ones at the borders with Delta, Ondo and Kogi States and 8 other mobile screening centers that circulate in local government wards to track and collect samples that fit the case definition for the test.
“As the government intensifies efforts to contain the pandemic in the state of Edo, we urge all residents to comply with government guidelines against the spread of the deadly virus. Stay at home; observe social distance and other precautionary measures to contain the infectious disease. "