Category: Covid-19

Coronavirus: Obaseki takes stock of medical supplies

Coronavirus: Obaseki takes stock of medical supplies

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has taken inventory of facilities, drugs and medical equipment at the Central Medical Store, Benin City, as the state ramps up efforts to check the spread of coronavirus (COVID19).

The governor, who led other government functionaries on the inspection tour, said the Central Medical Store is strategic as the state receives donations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said “I want to have a firsthand experience on what we do when we receive these donations; how we keep them, how the records are kept and how drugs are utilized.”

He noted that as part of the state’s response to COVID-19, the government is assessing how drugs and medical equipment are received, stored and dispensed.

“It is my responsibility to account for all the donations received in support of the fight against COVID-19. That is why I am here to find out if the items received are properly documented. I want to also understand the process of documentation and evidence that the items have been truly used.

“At a point in time, I will undertake a full audit of all the donations and gifts received to enable me give account to those who have been so kind to the state this period,” he said.

The state government embarked on a holistic plan to combat the pandemic and has received different donations from corporate organizations, trade unions, intervention agencies, individuals, and religious bodies, among others.

World Press Day: Obaseki tasks journalists on ethics, facts-based reportage amid COVID-19

World Press Day: Obaseki tasks journalists on ethics, facts-based reportage amid COVID-19

…salutes courage, commitment

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has urged journalists to uphold the ethics of the journalism profession and live up to their responsibilities of providing reliable and credible information to the public, noting that accurate and fact-based news reports and analysis were necessary in governments efforts to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Obaseki said this in commemoration of the 2020 World Press Freedom Day with the theme, ‘Journalism without Fear or Favour,’ marked every May 3, by the United Nations and other sister organs.

The governor noted that journalists as society’s watch-dog and members of the exalted fourth estate of the realm, have an obligation to report only verified, fact-based and objective news in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, as whatever they report have implications on how quickly the outbreak is contained and the number of lives that will be saved.

Governor Obaseki who identified journalists and the media as critical to getting the right messages to communities, reassured that his administration will continue to ensure the safety and security of all media practitioners in the state.

According to him, “As we mark the World Press Freedom Day, I want to urge media practitioners to uphold the ethics of the journalism profession, leverage on the power of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and ensure they provide the public with fact-based, verified and credible information.

“Amid the welter of information swirling about the novel coronavirus, it has become even more imperative for journalists to effectively perform their role of providing reliable and credible information to the public. Accuracy and balance should be integral when reporting situations that compromise public health, such as this outbreak; reporting the facts with a genuine intent to inform the public should be paramount.”

“I also commend the display of courage and commitment by our journalists who daily, among other essential professionals, have remained on the frontlines of efforts in curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The UN General Assembly in 1993 proclaimed May 3 as World Press Freedom Day, following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in 1991.It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide.

Coronavirus: Edo govt opens 40-bed isolation facility at UBTH Monday

Coronavirus: Edo govt opens 40-bed isolation facility at UBTH Monday

…as Obaseki inspects 8-bed treatment centre, molecular biology laboratory, others

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has assured that the 40-bed isolation facility being constructed at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) will be ready on Monday, May 4, 2020, and opened to receive confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

Governor Obaseki gave the assurance when he led his Chief of Staff, Mr. Osaze Ethan Uzamere and other top government functionaries on a guided tour of facilities at UBTH by the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Darlington Obaseki.

Obaseki expressed satisfaction on the partnership between his administration and UBTH, which resulted in the refurbishment of the hospital’s 8-bed isolation facility and molecular biology Diagnostic Laboratory (PCR Suite) to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor said the state is fortunate to have three Federal Government medical institutions, adding that they have all been instrumental in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in the State.

“We have visited the isolation ward refurbished for COVID-19. This is a small isolation ward with eight bed space. Another 40-bed isolation ward is being reconfigured and will be ready on Monday. We are fortunate that they have acquired a PCR machine and set up a molecular biology laboratory, which we have come to inspect.

“As part of our partnership, we have closely worked with UBTH in terms of mobilising resources; we have contributed to support their efforts in making sure they are able to establish this laboratory.”

The governor said the laboratory is ready for certification, noting that experts from Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) are on ground to certify the work done.

“The laboratory is ready to receive samples and hopefully from next week, samples will be brought here as the facilities on ground can do a lot of tests.”

The CMD of UBTH and a member of Edo State COVID-19 Response Team, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, commended the leadership style of the governor in the fight against the deadly virus.

“I want to thank the governor for his leadership style as he has spearheaded several meetings strategising measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.”

He urged the people of the state not to panic or fear as the state is ready to fight the virus to a standstill.

May Day: Obaseki approves N300,000 hazard allowance for health workers on COVID-19 duty

May Day: Obaseki approves N300,000 hazard allowance for health workers on COVID-19 duty

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved hazard allowance, ranging from N90,000 to N300,000 for medical personnel on the frontline of the state government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Governor Obaseki disclosed this at a parley with labour union leaders in the state, as part of activities to mark the International Labour Day, at the Government House, Benin City.

He said the state government has completed training for 4,200 health workers to boost the state’s capacity in checking the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obaseki said, “The Edo State Government has trained over 4,200 healthcare workers in the state. We have also approved life insurance and special allowances for them. The allowance ranges from N90,000 to N300,000 depending on their cadre in the service.”

The governor said the theme for the 2020 Workers’ Day celebration, ‘Stop the pandemic at work’, is apt as it concerns the role of workers in halting the spread of COVID-19.

He expressed appreciation to all healthcare workers in the state for their commitment and dedication in curtailing the spread of the deadly disease, adding, “I appreciate the labour union for the support in the past three and half years; you have been a great pillar. I have interacted with you, and am proud of you. In my tenure so far, we have not recorded any strike; I hadn’t worked in a unionised environment before becoming governor but someone who claims to be a unionist can’t manage the union.”

The governor said his administration has constructed a world-class public training centre for the state’s workforce, noting, “We believe that the tools you give the workers will make them effective. That is why we will continue to do our best for Edo workers. We have also remodelled more than 40 healthcare centres and we are using the facilities as screening centres for COVID-19.”

Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo State Chapter, Comrade Sunny Osanyande, commended the Obaseki-led administration for sustaining a good relationship with workers, which has led to industrial harmony between the state government and workers.

He commended the governor for the massive infrastructural development and prompt payment of salaries, noting, “Despite the zero allocation, you were able to pay workers’ salaries especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The workers in Edo State are happy with you. The palliatives you sent got to the three senatorial districts in the state and the people appreciate it.”

Chairman of the Edo State Chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Marshal Orhue, said the Obaseki-led administration’s developmental stride is second to none, adding, “Your handwriting is everywhere. Don’t be afraid as the workers of Edo State are solidly behind you.”