Covid-19: Governor Samuel Ortom Orders His Deputy To Undergo Coronavirus Test, As Benue State Records Its First Case

Benue State Government, has on Saturday, confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19.

The State Governor, Samuel Ortom, disclosed this while briefing Journalists, in Makurdi, the State capital, shortly after the announcement by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

He gave the name of the patient as “Susan Okpe”, who returned from the United Kingdom, UK, adding that, the State Action Committee had already commenced contact tracing of about 8 persons.

The Governor explained that he disclosed the identity of the patient, so that those who had made contact with her could take the necessary steps.

He said that the patient is presently being managed at the State Treatment Centre, located at the State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

The Governor disclosed that he has ordered his Deputy, Benson Abounu, to be tested for coronavirus.

He said that 70-year-old Abounu was at a recently held National Economic Council, NEC, meeting, in Abuja.

Two attendees at the meeting tested positive for coronavirus.

Ortom’s words: “We are already tracing of all those Susan Okpe came in contact with.

“In addition, samples of two other ladies have been collected, but one among them turned to be negative to the virus.

“I have also told my Deputy Governor to go for a test, having returned from the National Economic Council meeting, in Abuja, even though he told me that he had no close contact with those suspected to have contacted the virus.”

As at 04:29pm, on Saturday, there are 89 confirmed cases of Covid-19, in Nigeria.

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