COVID-19: NDDC’s donation Of Ventilators, X-ray machines etc, Boosts Edo Govt’s Response To Pandemic



The Oasis Reporters



July 6, 2020



122 COVID-19 patients discharged from State’s isolation centres, 87 new cases admitted




The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has donated medical supplies to the Edo State Government to strengthen the state’s response in checking the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.





Speaking during the handing over of the medical supplies to the government in Benin City, Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, noted that the donation was to complement the efforts of the nine NDDC state governments in checking the spread of COVID-19.



He noted that the NDDC in addition to supporting states in containing the spread of COVID-19, has provided funds to women and youth groups as palliatives.



Pondei said the sums for respective states were utilised for the procurement of array of medical equipment such as special diagnostic equipment, critical care equipment including ventilators and consumables as well as Testing and Isolation/Treatment Centres.



Responding, representative of the Edo State Government and Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, expressed appreciation to the NDDC, adding, “This is not the first time NDDC and Edo State are doing things together. We are partners in progress on a lot of issues relating to the welfare of Edo people. We also appreciate the fact that since the outbreak of COVID-19, this is the second time they are sending intervention to Edo State”.



He said the support by NDDC will go a long way to assist the state government’s response in checking the spread of the virus across the state, noting, “We have received medical supplies like ventilators, digital mobile X-ray, sanitisers, and hospital beds. They also supplied us with truck loads of palliatives. We pray this partnership continues.”

In another development, the Edo State government has discharged 122 COVID-19 patients, records 87 new cases



In a press release by the SA media to the Edo State Governor, Crusoe Osagie, 122 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged from the State’s isolation centres, while 87 new cases of the virus have been reported.



Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who disclosed while speaking to journalists in Benin City, said the state has recorded a total of 1,353 cases of the virus.



According to him, ” We have recorded 87 new confirmed cases, with 31 cases reported at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) and 56 cases at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).



“We have made tremendous progress in the management of coronavirus, as 122 patients have been discharged from our isolation centres, bringing the total number of discharges to 718.”



He noted that a total 6300 suspected cases have been reported, with 47 deaths.



The commissioner said the state government has intensified contact tracing, line listing and contact monitoring of contacts of the confirmed cases.



Noting that the state government is committed to controlling the spread of the virus, he said necessary actions are being taken regarding Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practices in ISTH, UBTH and Stella Obasanjo Hospital Isolation Centre (SOHIC).



He added that that the state government has intensified public enlightenment and sensitisation on the need to get screened/tested and for prompt presentation at the designated health facilities when symptomatic.





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