A certain Mrs. Amaka Okoro, a nursing mother, has been declared wanted by Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for running away after testing positive for COVID-19 in the State.
Obaseki said this on his Twitter handle: @governorobaseki, “One Mrs. Amaka Okoro, who tested positive for #COVID-19, is wanted for treatment. She is a nursing mother, who has a baby that is already coughing.
“She (Mrs. Amaka Okoro) lives at 2, Atoe Idubor Street, Off 2nd Ugbor, Benin City. She has been unreachable since her results returned positive.”
The Governor also extended the curfew in the State which began on April 19, by another two weeks, to go in line with the Federal Government’s plans in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.
He said this while addressing journalists in Benin City on Thursday on the progress his administration has made so far in the fight against the pandemic. Obaseki said it is not possible to fend off the monster that is COVID-19 alone, without stakeholders assisting him.
“Since my last public update, about 10 days ago, I am here to inform you that we have made tremendous progress in the areas of screening, testing and improved awareness of our citizens about the Coronavirus.
“Working closely with the public and private hospitals, we have screened about 20,000 people and tested 297 citizens. The increased screening and testing are the reason for the increased number of cases in the state (37 as at Wednesday night).
“We are aggressively pushing to screen our minimum target of about 500,000 people and test about one per cent of them, which is about 5,000 in the next few weeks. As we increase testing, we are likely to see an astronomic rise in the number of cases in the state.
“Of the 20,000 people that we have screened and the 297 samples taken, we have recorded 37 confirmed cases as at today (Thursday), discharged eight and lost three people.
“It is worthy of note that late testing is a strong factor leading to fatality. That is why I am advising that everybody should go out for screening at the numerous screening centres in Edo State.”