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Health News of Friday, 3 September 2021


Two persons die from coronavirus in Edo as death toll hits 15

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Edo State has recorded another two deaths of persons who have not been inoculated against the COVID-19 pandemic, amid efforts by the state government to vaccinate more citizens to achieve herd immunity against the scourge.

Incident Manager of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this after its daily virtual meeting presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

He said the two new deaths brought the total number of deaths recorded in the state in the third wave of the pandemic to 15.
Obi, who stressed that all deaths reported in the third wave were those of unvaccinated persons, urged citizens to leverage the opportunity of the second vaccination exercise to get innoculated against the virus.

“In the last 24 hours, Edo recorded two more deaths of unvaccinated persons, bringing the total fatality figure in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to 15.

“We also collected 829 samples and recorded 35 new cases, zero recoveries, with 397 active cases that are being managed at various treatment and isolation centres in the state.

“While over 96 per cent of confirmed cases are those who were not vaccinated, all 15 persons who have died from the virus were unvaccinated. The vaccines are the safest and most effective means to keep us protected against the deadly virus,” he said.

Besides, Obaseki restated that the state government would enforce the directive on denial of access to large gatherings in public and private places for persons who choose not to be inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccines by mid-September.
He stated this as the state received additional 40, 012 doses of Moderna vaccines from the Federal Government for the second phase COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

Executive Secretary of Edo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (EDSPHCDA), Dr. Julie Erhabor, received the vaccines, yesterday, at the Benin Airport.

Obaseki, who spoke to journalists in Benin City, said his administration remained committed to ensuring the health and safety of citizens and would explore all options available for the protection of Edo people.

He noted that the government would enforce the ‘no vaccination card, no access to large gatherings’ in the state, in spite of the order of a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, directing the government to maintain the status quo on the ‘compulsory vaccination’ of its citizens.