COVID-19: Ortom goes into self-isolation as top aide, entire family test positive
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has gone into self-isolation after one of his top aides tested positive alongside his entire family.
The Deputy Governor and Chairman of Benue state COVID-19 Action Committee, Mr. Benson Abounu made the disclosure Sunday at the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Church service held at the ECWA Church Makurdi.
Abounu who did not give the aide’s name identified him as a permanent secretary in the state’s civil service.
“As I speak with you, the Governor has been in isolation for about nine days and has shown no symptoms or signs of the virus. So, I’m happy to inform you that by tomorrow we should be able to certify him free and he will resume work,” he said.
He advised the people of the state to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols to avoid falling victim to the virus and infecting others.
Abounu lamented the rise in the number of prominent persons lost to the virus in the state in recent times, noting that one of them was a local government chairman.
“Presently the State has an infection rate of over 489 persons. Though we are still doing relatively well compared to other states, the only tactics to fight the virus is by keeping to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, protocols,” Abounu said.