Women in Edo State have been urged to keep their homes clean and adhere to all the precautionary measures spelt out by the state government in curtailing the spread of the novel Coronavirus in the state.
Ms Efosa Uyigue, the Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on Gender Issues, while making this plea in Benin, said as home keepers, women should endeavours to guide their wards in making sure that they do not violate government directives in this COVID-19 period and they should regularly wash their hands and maintain social distancing.
On the temporary relocation of markets in the state, she urged women to co-operate with government in making sure the markets are properly fumigated as expected, stating that the relocation is temporary.
She noted that government is doing everything possible to cushion the effect of the hardship this crisis has brought to the state and her citizens, stressing that the government wants to make sure the virus is curbed in the state.
“As home keepers, there are many ways women can help government in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the state. They should talk to their wards to adhere to precautionary measures as prescribed by medical experts as they (women) too adhere to such measures.
“The markets government ordered relocated is for our own good. I mean we the women. This is because women are the ones in these markets hence likely to easily contract this virus through contact. And our governor does not want this to happen, that is why he ordered the relocation of these markets so that they can be fumigated and be freed of this virus.
“I want to assure our women that the relocation is for a period and not permanent as being speculated in some quarters. After the fumigation, our markets will take normal shape,” she said.