The strict compliance to the covid-19 protocols put in place by the Main Organising Committee (MOC) of the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr Nebeolisa Anako in conjunction with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) ensured that there was no spike in the spread of the dreaded virus during the Festival.
According to the Chairman of MOC and Permanent Secretary Mr. Anako, “We are excited that the Edo 2020 National sports Festival has been a huge success and the fear of the spread of the virus was doused due to measures put in place by the MOC, Local Organising Committee (LOC), NCDC and other relevant health agencies.
He disclosed that the 17 persons who tested positive from 10 states at the beginning of the sports festival were immediately isolated in line with Health guidelines. While 9 PCR were positive in the course of the festival, 2 were positive on arrival.
“Following the prompt response of the Medical team, all the cases were treated by the Edo incident management team and have been confirmed negative and discharged accordingly.
“However, there was pre exit , RDT test conducted randomly on few states in compliance with Covid -19 guidelines. This development has put paid to fear that convergence at Sports arena could lead to a spike in the spread of the dreaded virus.”
The Edo 2020 National Sports Festival was postponed last year following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic which led to a national shut down, and a halt to sports activities.
7000 athletes and officials participated from 36 states and the FCT in 36 sporting events at the just concluded festival.