At least 17 corps members deployed to Edo State for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), have been admitted to the hospital, after they showed symptoms of COVID-19.
The corps members are currently being treated at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital on Sapele Road, Benin.
Dr. Osagie Ebomwonyi, the Chief Medical Director of the government-owned hospital, disclosed this on Tuesday, while in company of governor Godwin Obaseki during an inspection tour of the state’s infectious disease isolation centre at the health facility in Benin.
Ebomwonyi stated that health authorities are undertaking studies and analysis to find out if there are cases of Delta variant in the state.
Also, Ozeto Waheed, personal assistant to NYSC coordinator in the state, confirmed that the 17 Corps members were mobilised to serve in the state.
Waheed said as instructed by Abiodun Olubukola, the state coordinator of NYSC, corps members are always first tested at the gate of the orientation camp.
He stated that those found to be COVID-19 positive were usually moved to the isolation centre.
Speaking, the state governor expressed the readiness of his administration to effectively deal with the Delta variant of COVID-19.
He, however, insisted that there has been no confirmed case of the variant in Edo.
Obaseki also disclosed that arrangements are being made to vaccinate more residents of the state, as part of efforts to protect them from the deadly virus.