From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The number of new coronavirus victims in Benue State has continued to increase with the cases hitting 65.
Secretary Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19 and Commissioner for Health Dr. Sunday Ongbabo who confirmed this tio journalists on phone, revealed that six other patients tested positive to the disease yesterday being Monday.
Disturbed by this development, Benue State governor Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday, subjected himself to another test for covid-19 test and the results are being awaited.
It would be recalled that the governor Ortom about two(2) months ago underwent coronavirus test to ascertain his status but the result turned out negative.
The chief press secretary to the governor, Mr. Terver Akase who disclosed this to newsmen in Makurdi, dispersed rumors making the rounds that the governor had gone into self isolation, describing the claims as false and based on ignorance.
He intimated that the governor had reduced frequent visits and other activities in and around government house in line with the laid down protocol and guidelines on COVID-19 set out by NCDC.
“The governor has not gone into self isolation as being speculated by a section of the public. Governor Samuel Ortom willingly gave his sample for a second test and the result is being expected.
“Our governor is been proactive and leading by example. It is unfortunate that people do not seem to know the magnitude of the COVID-19 even when the governor had consistently said that COVID-19 is real and people should maintain social and physical distancing and other laid down protocols”.
“I have subjected myself to the test. My sample has been taken and the result is also awaited.
“I want to encourage all media practitioners to also do the same. This virus is real and people need to take it serious and ensure that they obey all the necessary guidelines”, Akase said.
“Speaking on the outburst by the chairman of Keana local government area of Nasarswa state against governor Ortom, claiming that the governor is harbouring a group that always attack herdsmen, Mr. Akase described the allegation as unfounded and defaming, say that the chairman’s remark is mischievous and a deliberate attempt to sabotage the ongoing peace effort between the two state.