The Team Lead for the COVID-19 Task Force in Edo State, Dr Ebomwonyi Osagie, has announced the death of seven unvaccinated persons in the state.
This was disclosed on Monday, evening in Benin City, while briefing journalists on the activities of the group, added that the state had recorded 228 new cases, assuring that the task force was doing everything possible to stem the spread of the virus in the state.
“The deaths recorded so far are unvaccinated persons. If they had been vaccinated they may have survived. We have collected 1,1426 samples in this third wave, out of which 228 are positive cases, 19 recovery and seven deaths representing 15. 9 per cent.”
While calling on the residents of the state to follow the COVID-19 protocols, Osagie explained that out of the four treatment centres in the state, namely: Stella Obasanjo Hospital, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, (UBTH), Irrua Specialist Hospital, Auchi General Hospital, (UBTH) is on strike.
The team leader who decried community transmission of the virus urged people to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols of wearing face masks, washing of hands, use of sanitiser among others.
“We have Modenna and AstraZeneca vaccines for residents. The measure taken by the government was to ensure the safety of the people,” Osagie added.
He appealed to the people to make themselves available for vaccination in order not to record avoidable deaths.