The Edo state government warned residents against submitting wrong information, including names, addresses and telephone contacts, during the massive screening and testing process underway in the state's 18 local government areas (LGAs).
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who spoke to journalists in the city of Benin, accused residents of giving up on a harmful act as he was threatening the state government's efforts to contain the pandemic and ensure health and well-being -being of the Edo people.
Okundia said there is no need for people to resist COVID-19 screening and testing or to provide false information during exercise, as early detection and treatment increases the chances of survival.
He, however, ensured that the government is resolute and committed to containing the COVID-19 pandemic in all communities in the state.
The Commissioner said: “It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health of Edo State that some residents have adopted the strategy of providing false phone numbers and wrong addresses to health authorities during the screening and testing exercise, to avoid monitoring and treatment in the eventuality of being positive.
"This is a serious threat to the government's efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in the state. It further jeopardizes the health and safety of relatives, neighbors and all residents of Edo. a case has not yet been located due to the incorrect address and phone number; this requires serious concerns, as no one can estimate the level of danger that person poses to the health of other residents ”.
Okundia continued: “We urge all residents to make themselves available for the massive screening and testing exercise in progress and to ensure that they do not provide wrong details to health professionals, as this will help the government eliminate this pandemic from all communities across the country. Edo state.
“In addition, we charge you to comply with all government guidelines, designed to keep you safe and healthy. Stay at home; note social detachment and other preventive measures against the spread of infectious disease, including regular hand washing with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. It is good to report anyone with a history of travel abroad ”
“Two new toll-free lines for responding to COVID-19 were introduced by the Edo state government to strengthen the initial lines of the Ministry of State Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) distributed at the beginning of the outbreak. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, 08001235111 or 08002200110 for assistance, ”he added.