By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has threatened to publish the names of residents who tested positive for Covid-19, but refused to go to isolation centre for treatment.
The Governor disclosed while addressing journalists in Benin City where he expressed worry over the fatal impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the aged population in the state.
“Henceforth, we will be publishing a list of persons who test positive for Covid-19, but, refused to isolate at our own isolation centres for treatment,” he said.
He expressed displeasure that although the state has comfortable facilities that can care for up to 500 people, some persons are refusing to isolate and receive treatment in these facilities.
The Governor added that, “When you isolate at home, there is a higher likelihood that other people will be infected especially our elderly parents and grandparents further perpetuating community transmissions and spread with grave public health implications.
“We frown against this selfish behaviour and henceforth, we will be publishing a list of persons who refuse to isolate in our isolation and treatment centres.”
Obaseki also said that the government is developing Covid-19 guidelines on re-opening schools across the state.
The exercise, according to him will be done in phases beginning with students who are preparing for their exit examinations in line with the federal government.
He urged residents to abide by all health and safety precautions to check the spread of the virus in order to protect the elderly, noting that the aged accounts for over 50 percent of deaths recorded in the state.
He noted that “Following consultations with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and religious bodies, we will commence a reopening of places of worship. We are expanding screening and testing to religious groups/organizations and business establishments.
“We call on all religious organisations, corporate bodies and health facilities to assist us drive modalities for our new norm and cooperate with the designated health and security agencies in this regard.”
According to Obaseki, “Data clearly shows that there is now a large-scale community spread with the elderly persons being the most affected.”