Edo unveils strategy to reduce mortality rate during COVID-19 second wave
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said the state government’s strategy to tackle the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is aimed at reducing the spread and the death rate in the state.
Obaseki, who said this in a statewide broadcast in Benin City, noted that the government has reactivated isolation and treatment facilities and disease surveillance protocols to contain the spread of the virus in the state.
His words: “Even though we have created the capacity to respond to the new outbreak of COVID-19, our strategy to cope with the second wave is to decrease the incidence of the disease and decrease the mortality from the disease.
“To reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and casualties during the second wave, we must emphasis public enlightenment and as much as possible, avoid crowded and closed places, as well as close contact with people.”
Stressing the need to exercise caution as residents celebrate the yuletide season in the state, he said: “We appreciate that during the yuletide, there are normally a lot of interactions with family and friends, but unfortunately, we would have to sacrifice this practice so that we can be alive to enjoy many more Christmases and year end activities in future.
“As we celebrate this season of love, we must be circumspect so as not to lose our loved ones. In as much as government will enforce the COVID-19 safety rules, it is important that everyone takes personal responsibility to protect themselves and those around them.
“We must observe all public health and safety measures to ensure that we are safe.”