The Benue State first lady Mrs Eunice Ortom has tested positive for COVID-19.
She said the routine testing by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control for personnels at the government state house returned with her testing positive.
She also noted that her son and some of her staffs had also tested positive for the virus.
She said, We have from this moment, gone into total isolation as required by the protocols and would immediately begin the management treatment as advised by medical experts, While I have taken the responsibility to personally call everyone I can recall having had recent contact with to go for testing, I advise anyone who has had close contact with me in the last two weeks and the public to go for screening and testing”.
“I wish to reiterate that been COVID-19 positive is not a death sentence as evident by the many recoveries recorded thus far so there is no need to panic, but we should continue to be responsible in our actions so as to keep others safe.”
The Governor in response to this also confirmed that His Chief of Staff (COS) Hon. Terwase orbunde and the state Head of service Mrs Veronica Onyeke have also tested positive for the virus.
He noted that although he tested negative, the first family in the state have decided to go into self isolation including himself.
He urged residents in the state to go for testing and ascertain their status and take necessary actions.
He said, “One lesson that I want Benue people to appreciate and understand is that everybody has to make himself available for testing. The more you test, the more you know your status; when you know that you are positive, then you can subject yourself to treatment.”
When asked if the state government was reconsidering a lockdown in the state he said the Action Committee on COVID-19 would meet early next week to consider the next action to taken.
Benue state had on Thursday given approval for the reopening of schools. Has a total number of 60 confirmed cases, 30 recovered and 1 death.