The Edo State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Stephen Idehenre, has disclosed that the state has recorded 20 deaths and 160 cases of Lassa fever since the current outbreak.
Idehenre disclosed this in Benin on Friday shortly after the weekly State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
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Stephen Idehenre said, “Since the outbreak of the Lassa Fever in Edo, the state has recorded 160 cases and 20 deaths.”
He said the figure represents a 13 percent death rate from the virus in the state. According to him, the disease is a pandemic that is still ravaging some communities across local government areas in the state.
Idehenre called on residents in the state to join hands with the relevant authority to manage and keep the environment clean.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Physical Planning, Urban and Regional Development, Isoken Omo, said the state is offering property developers a 2-week window for issuance of free building plan permits as parts of efforts to ensuring all property in the state are with building plans
Omo said operation ‘show your building plans’ embarked upon by the government is not to witch hunt anybody, but in line with the government’s vision of actualising the state’s 30-year development plan.
She added that he objective of the exercise is to capture all into the Edo State Master Plan as it’s necessary for development.
Omo said, “From now till 31st of March, those that will approach us and apply for their building approval will not be charged but after then, charges will apply. I appeal to all to take this window of opportunity.”