This afternoon, the Edo State government confirmed that Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye, has tested positive to the Coronavirus and as such has become the index case of COVID-19 in Edo state.
In his statement to journalists in government house, Benin City, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr Philip Shuaibu added that Governor Godwin Obaseki has also gone on self-isolation.
Indeed, these are difficult times. My thoughts and prayers are with His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye and the good people of Edo state.
In coming to terms with the existing reality, it has become expedient that every citizen be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of this viral infection such as high temperature, a new continuous cough and breathing difficulties.
Let us take steps to get tested, as early detection remains the surest route to successful treatment and survival.
Government has designated the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), the Specialist Hospital, Benin and the Virology Research and Testing Centre in Irrua Specialist Hospital (ISTH) as centres for test.
As we pray fervently for the recovery of Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye and with the hope that Mr. Governor’s test result comes negative, let us also pray for the continued safety of our healthcare personnel who have been working tirelessly in preparation to mitigating this deadly scourge that is now before us.
Together, we can bring an end to this ugly pandemic. With common sense precautions, protect yourselves and your community from the virus. Wash your hands regularly, stay at home when sick and listen to local health authorities. Let us be awake to the choices we make as to how we live now.