…Says Incentive Pack For The Vulnerable Group On The Way
Edo State government has expressed displeasure over the partial compliance to the lockdown directives given earlier this week in order to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu, while briefing newsmen in Benin on Friday, March 27, on COVID-19 response taskforce activities in the state, noted that despite the directive from the state government, shops and markets still open and sell other items than food items.
Shaibu called on the residents and citizens of the state to obey the stay-at-home order so as to protect themselves for the virus, as he urged security agents to fully enforce the directive.
The Deputy Governor disclosed that the state government is working out incentive pack for the vulnerable group in the state in order to soften the effect of the Coronavirus and stay at home order.
“The governor has also directed that the state should work out a stimulus package for the vulnerable people in the society that would be affected by the Coronavirus and the stay- at-home order,” he added.
Shaibu further disclosed that the government has also directed that patients and personnel at the Stella Obasanjo hospital be evacuated to Edo Specialist hospital for possible expansion of isolation centre for Coronavirus patients.
Buttressing the Deputy Governor’s point, Commissioner for Health, Patrick Okundia, said the state government decided to evacuate patients at the Stella Obasanjo’s hospital to prepare for large numbers of the Coronavirus cases if the need arises.”
“Initially, the hospital’s isolation centre was 12-bed fully prepared with personnel trained but the government is expanding the the isolation centre with another 28-bed. We have to evcuate patients from the 156-bed hospital to be ready for holding centre,” he said.