The Federal Government applauded the robust, data-driven response from the Godwin Obaseki government to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in Edo state.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made the submission during the inauguration of the 300-bed treatment and isolation center at Hospital Stella Obasanjo and the third molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratory in the state of Edo Specialist Hospital, both in the city of Benin, Edo state.
With the new isolation facility, Edo State now has more than 600 capacity beds and isolation centers spread across different health centers in Benin, Auchi and Irrua.
According to Ehanire, “I am here to assess the level of preparedness of the Edo state government in the fight against COVID-19. This is the most significant health challenge of this generation, as it has affected more than 213 countries.
“We call on state governments to create spaces for beds and testing centers to combat the disease. This facility has 300 beds, according to the federal government's demand from the states to increase efforts to contain the pandemic. So far, Edo State has done well and even surpassed the goal. "
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At the Edo Specialized Hospital, the minister said: “I am privileged to open the molecular PCR laboratory at the Edo Specialized Hospital. Government and citizens must collaborate following preventive measures to protect Nigerians. "
For his part, Governor Obaseki expressed concern about the growing cases of COVID-19 in the state.
The governor said the state has so far examined more than 260,000 people, of which 1,583 samples have been collected for testing, with more than 240 confirmed cases in the state.
Previously, the chief medical director (CMD) of Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Dr. Osagie Ebonwoyi, said the hospital was initially commissioned in 2007 as a hospital for women and children, but in 2010 it was updated.
He noted that the facility has been renovated to be a center for combating the COVID-19 pandemic.