BY SAMPSON AMODU, BENIN – An independent international global organisation providing medical aid worldwide on the aegis of “Doctors Without Borders” has blamed the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in Edo State at the door step of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship primaries which took place on Thursday, June 28, 2020.
Doctors Without Borders noted that the PDP primaries in Edo State was a show of irresponsibility as delegates and other leaders of the party mixed freely and completely disregarded all health and COVID-19 safety guidelines.
In a statement made available to Forefront News, the Edo State Chairman of the organisation, Dr. Peter Olumense, said that fact that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has tested positive after emerging from the event account for conclusions.
According to Dr Olumense: “From queuing to receive bribes, to rallying around in open hugs and exchange of all kinds of bodily fluids, Governor Godwin Obaseki led the way and others followed in dangerous actions that raised the specter of COVID-19 contraction and silent spread in host communities where many of these delegates were ferried from.
“It didn’t take long before the consequences of that event and Obaseki’s meetings with infected persons to negotiate political deals, not least his irresponsible conduct at the PDP secretariat when he completed his defection, started to manifest” he stressed.
Similarly, some other health workers in Edo State, said that there has been a worrying spike of infection rates, adding that all of the new cases are directly tied to the PDP primaries.
According to health workers; “To hide the problem, Obaseki disbanded the state’s Mobile Screening Team after refusing to pay them for three months.
“Worse of it is the fact that the State Government has refused to pay COVID-19 frontline health workers their wages”.
They noted that it is bad enough that the same Governor Obaseki, who gave billions of Edo people’s money to PDP tax collectors to purchase his ticket, has now gone ahead to spread COVID-19 in the state thereby endangering the citizens lives for his ambition.
The health workers said that unless urgent steps are taken, the lives of innocent people of Edo State are now in danger.