“We will publish names of COVID-19 patients refusing isolation”, says Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has threatened to start publishing names of persons who test positive to the COVID-19 and refuse being taken for treatment at the state’s 500-bed isolation centres.

Addressing journalists on Saturday in Benin City, the governor described the action as ‘selfish,’ adding that it could further expose elderly people in the community to the disease.

 “When you isolate at home, there is a higher likelihood that other people will be infected especially our elderly parents and grandparents thereby further perpetuating community transmissions and spread with grave public health implications,” he said.

He also expressed concerns that despite the state having comfortable facilities that can accommodate up to 500 people, certain persons are refusing to isolate and receive treatment in the health facilities.

“We frown against this selfish behaviour and henceforth, we will be publishing a list of persons who refuse to isolate in our isolation and treatment centres. Data clearly shows that there is now a large-scale community spread with the elderly persons being the most affected.

“Even though persons aged 60 years and above make up five per cent of our population, over 50 per cent of deaths recorded affect this category of people. This shows that the coronavirus disease has a more fatal impact on them resulting in death,” he warned.

He urged the citizens to imbibe personal hygiene such as the washing of hands, wearing of face masks, maintaining physical distance and other safety measures to protect the aged who make up five per cent of the state’s population.

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