The third wave of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, has claimed the life of a 33-year-old pregnant woman and 15 others, in the last 72 hours in Edo State.
Reeling out the casualty figure in Benin during a press briefing, the Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, said that the pregnant woman victim was about seven months pregnant.
According to Irowa, “the pregnant woman was 28 weeks pregnant, she was brought late for treatment and died within three hours of presentation at the hospital”
The Permanent Secretary added that the State Case Management Team “have collected 507 samples, recorded 79 cases, 15 deaths including an HIV positive person and 104 recoveries in the last 72 hours while the test positivity is 14.7 percent”
He explained that the state had equally vaccinated 57,236 persons in the third wave, adding that a total of 102,153 people had had at least a dose of the vaccines since inoculation against the virus commenced in the state.
Irowa however, expressed worry over the rising cases of persons admitted for COVID-19, as well as the high mortality rate in the state, noting that some of the deaths were preventable.
He, therefore, advised residents to do the needful and get themselves vaccinated and also follow Non-Pharmaceutical Measures of preventing the virus as most of the casualties were unvaccinated persons.