By Osahon Osahon
The Edo State Government on Tuesday says it has established five screening centres at the various border points with Delta, Ondo and Kogi State to check possible influx of persons suspected to have been infected with the COVID-19 pandemic into the state.
It said the development is part of new strategies aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
The state Deputy Governor and Chairman of COVID-19 Response Technical Committee, Mr. Philip Shaibu, disclosed this Tuesday evening while briefing the press on activities of the committee.
Shaibu said the move is interterm with the state government’s target of screening and testing 500,000 and 5,000 persons, respectively, in the state.
The new screening centres make a total of 19 screening centres in the state, with 14 in Oredo LGA.
“The Edo state government has opened additional screening centres across the 18 local government areas and border entries into the state, especially the borders with Delta, Ondo and Kogi states.
“This is aimed at guarding against importation of the virus from these states and preventing community transmission,” he said.
The Deputy Governor also announced that Governor Godwin Obaseki will on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, issue further directives on the state-wide curfew, which was announced to last for an initial period of 10 days.
He added that “the governor is consulting widely with medical experts and other stakeholders in the state, to reach a decision on new orders regarding the curfew.”