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Edo rejigs COVID-19 isolation, treatment centres, contact tracing network

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
28 December 2020   |   4:01 am
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, reactivated isolation and treatment centres in the state, four molecular PCR laboratories and contact tracing network to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic is effectively contained.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, reactivated isolation and treatment centres in the state, four molecular PCR laboratories and contact tracing network to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic is effectively contained.

In a statewide broadcast, Obaseki, who noted that following rising cases of coronavirus in the second wave of the pandemic, said the state government would leave no stone unturned in deploying its disease surveillance mechanism and contact tracing network across the state to handle new cases as they arise.

Obaseki noted that the state government’s strategy in tackling the pandemic was hinged on reducing cases and casualties of the virus.

“Arising from the experience, which we gained during the last outbreak of COVID-19, we now have in place a robust disease surveillance system in the state with well-trained contact tracers, who can undertake active case searches.

“We have four PCR molecular laboratories that can undertake large numbers of tests with procedures to promptly obtain results from the laboratories. Our case management system is intact to provide care for confirmed cases. We also have four well-equipped, functional isolation centres across the state.”