Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki approved the Coronavirus Incident Action Plan (IAP) (COVID-19), which outlines his planning, financing and implementation strategies to contain the pandemic.
The governor, who signed the document at the Government House in the city of Benin, acknowledged the efforts of different stakeholders to curb the spread of the virus in the state.
He expressed his appreciation for his contribution to the state government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that his contribution was instrumental in ensuring that the state adopted a data-based approach to reduce the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, said that the development of the IAP for COVID-19 is an important milestone in the fight against the pandemic, as it captures the state's efforts to combat the outbreak.
According to him, “the document talks about everything that the Edo State has been doing in relation to the coronavirus outbreak in the state. All budget allocations, expenses, strategic planning across different pillars of intervention are captured in the document. "
The State Coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO), Faith Ireye, said that the document lends credibility to the fact that all actions taken by the State Response Team were well oriented.
The WHO scribe said: “If you are working and there is no document to support what you do; it means it’s not the right thing you’re doing. Therefore, everything we did and continue to do is documented in the IAP. This shows that all the activities we carry out are planned, documented and budgeted. "