Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has tested positive to Coronavirus disease.
Chief press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Terver Akase in a statement on Wednesday said “the latest result of his COVID-19 test has returned positive. This follows the test results of most of the Governor’s close aides who also returned positive in the last few weeks.
“Though the Governor has not shown any symptoms of the disease, he has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel.
He advises those who have come in contact with him in the last couple of days to go for test. The Governor says it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.
Governor Ortom urges Benue people to continue to observe the protocol for the prevention of the virus such as wearing of face masks, use of sanitizers, regular hand washing and physical distancing.
“He encourages the people not to be afraid of going for COVID-19 test as only doing so would help in containing the spread of the disease”.
Deputy Governor of the state, Engr Benson Abounu who also confirmed the report while briefing journalist same day at his office complex however said the health status of the Governor had not affected governance of the state in anyway as he was doing everything on behalf of the Governor.
“Not to any extent at all, I have been around, I not positive and I have been working round the clock. I have discharged all the duties of the Governor that were assigned to me. Only last week, I swore in the Judge of the Customary Court of Appeal and yesterday, I was on duty here from 8am-9pm and I have been handling everything that the Governor was supposed to handle”, Abounu expressed confidence.