From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue State government has set up an Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Committee is to proactively monitor, supervise and coordinate Benue State Government’s response to the dreaded disease.
A statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terver Akase said the committee is to be headed by Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabor as chairman and Dr Samuel Ngise as Secretary, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Ngunan Addingi, Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Engr. Dondo Ahire, as well as Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Timothy Ijir.
Other members of the committee are Mr. Apir Ityu, Dr. Terna Kur, Mr. Agwaza Iorkpiligh, Mr. Matthew Uyina, Mr. Moses Leva, Dr. Edward Amali, Mr. Claude Bitaronga, Dr. Peteru Inunduh, Professor Terrumun Swende, Dr. Alli Cornelius, Dr. Patrick Echekwube and Mr. Micheal Adejo.
He said Governor Ortom has directed that surveillance on coronavirus be stepped up in the 23 local government areas of the state. Already, a treatment centre has been established at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital and a location identified to be used as quarantine unit in the event of any outbreak of the disease.
The Governor urged Benue people to adhere to preventive measures and assist health workers in their various communities to succeed.