The state’s COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi gave the charge while addressing journalists in Benin City at the weekend.
Obi, who reassured the government’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of citizens, reiterated the need for all residents to continue to comply with preventive protocols against the spread of the virus in order to remain healthy and protected against the deadly virus.
He restated that it is imperative for all residents to be vaccinated to stay alive and healthy, as more unvaccinated persons continue to die from the virus.
The Incident Manager noted that all persons who have died from the virus in the third wave of the pandemic in the state were unvaccinated, while over 96 percent of confirmed cases are those who were never vaccinated.
According to him, “While the government intensifies efforts to contain the pandemic and ensure the safety of Edo citizens, we charge everyone who has been administered with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, to come out for the second dose in order to get full protection against the virus, while others who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to come out and get the vaccination, as the vaccines are safe, free and effective.
“Also, all citizens must continue to comply with all basic preventive measures including frequent hand washing with soap under running water, avoiding close contacts and ensuring regular use of face masks,” Obi charged.