By Amechi Idumuebor
In its efforts to check the spread of COVID-19 in the stste, the Edo State Government has machinery in place set up 54 screening centres, with three allotted to each of the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, in Benin City.
The commissioner said that health workers and other professionals in the health sector had been trained to man the proposed centres.
Dr. Okundia pointed out that the proposed centres, together with the four major testing facilities, such as the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and General Hospital, Auchi, will function as initial examination points to determine whether suspected cases would need to be further tested for COVID-19.
In the commissioners words:
“The Edo State Government has been very scientific and professional in handling the disease and we are recording significant successes. We broke our approach into two, namely prevention and treatment.
“This with the knowledge that prevention is key to handling the infectious disease, we laid our emphasis on the need to prevent the spread through mass sensitisation and awareness creation.
“We also have screening centres in each of these four facilities where patients can be examined and decisions made whether they will need to go for test or not.
“These centres are manned by experts. We have commenced the process of creating more screening centres with three in each LGA and trainings are currently ongoing in each LGA for the health professionals who will work in these centres,” he stated.
Dr. Okundia also informed that the security agencies in the state had been charged to enforce compliance with all the preventive measures prescribed by the state government to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state.