By Augustine Eboigbe

As the number of those testing positive to the Covid-19 pandemic across the country continue to rise, former Deputy Governor of Edo State and frontline gubernatorial aspirant, Dr. Pius Odubu has urged Edo people to be hopeful of an end to this scourge.

Dr. Odubu who has started distribution of hand sanitizers to major health institutions, market men and women, transporters, media organisations, youth and civil society groups and communities across Edo state, noted that at this time of National emergency Edo people must have the unity of purpose and positive mindset towards confronting this deadly disease

According to him “to the glory of God, coronavirus code name Covid_19 is not a death sentence as many who have been identified have fully recovered while the casualty level in Africa has been minimal. Our people must therefore take seriously the preventive measures put in place by Government which must be observed by all citizens in order to protect themselves and other members of the society ”

Management and staffs Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, a Covid_19 test center in Nigeria as well as management of Auchi Central Hospital on receiving the sanitizers appreciated efforts by Dr. Odubu towards reducing the risk, thanking him for his relentless approaches and for identifying with Edo people and Nigerians during the pandemic.

Human right activist, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, was among ecstatically happy edolites who applauded the genuine efforts of Dr. Odubu in the distribution of the alcoholic based sanitizers and creating awareness to help fight the scourge.

In his previous remarks on the scourge, Dr Pius Odubu has advised that Edo people and Nigerians in general must adhere to the stay at home order by government, wash their hands regularly with soap, use alcoholic base hand sanitizers, cover their mouth and noses with masks when necessary, cough and or sneeze into the elbow or tissue paper and dispose properly. Continue to maintain a clean and hygienic environment, intentionally keep social distancing from one another with at least 1.5m apart, always clean dry surfaces with disinfectants, avoid crowded places and above all, be fervent in prayers for God’s divine intervention.

Dr Pius Odubu commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the measures he has announced to contain the spread of the virus, and applauded the private sector interventions by way of handsome donations toward the containment of the spread of Covid-19.

Dr. Pius Odubu is committed to supporting the people of Edo State in their quest to improve their wellbeing. He is also keen to let the good people of the state know that this scourge shall pass only if we all cooperate with the government and follow the laid down guidelines.

He noted that Edo being a gateway state to every part of the country deserves special attention in terms of support from both the federal government and private sectors to enable the people get all the necessary support particularly food and medical supplies at this critical period of huge disruption of their means of livelihood.