- Edo government has warned people of the state against spreading false information about coronavirus
- Crusoe Osagie, the special adviser to Governor Obaseki on media and communication strategy, said there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in the state
- Osagie, however, noted that the government has already put measures in place to avert an outbreak of the disease in the state
The Edo state government has called on residents to avoid spreading malicious and unverified information about the novel coronavirus aimed at causing panic among the people.
Leadership reports that the government noted that it has already put measures in place to avert an outbreak of the disease in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the special adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, in a statement, warned against causing panic and tension with the spread of fake news and misinformation on social media.
Osagie, who said there has been no confirmed case of the virus in any part of Edo state, warned residents to be wary of unscrupulous elements circulating false information on the internet.
He, however, urged Edo residents to get authentic information on the virus from the Edo state ministry of health, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) or the federal ministry of health.
Osagie urged residents to remain calm and shun rumors on the spread of the coronavirus, noting that the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital is listed among other Coronavirus Testing Laboratories in Nigeria; which include the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a young Nigerian lady, Ayishat Akanbi, confirmed the death of her cousin, who is a medical doctor.
It was reported that Ayishat said her cousin died in London after suffering from the effect of the virus that has affected over 120,000 and caused thousands of deaths across the world.
"My cousin who is a doctor and in her early 30s died of coronavirus this morning for anyone irresponsible enough to think black people are immune," she said with many of her followers asking her to remain strong and praying for the dead.
Baba NostraAdeptus, one of those who consoled Ayishat, said he had been screaming since the day it was claimed that it was only the elderly and those with other ailments that could have a fatal effect of the disease.
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