Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has embarked on self isolation after one of his Permanent Secretaries and his entire family members tested positive for COVID-19.
The Deputy Governor and Chairman of Benue state COVID-19 Action Committee, Benson Abounu disclosed this at the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Church service held at the ECWA Church Makurdi on Sunday.
He however did not disclose the name of the Permanent Secretary.
Abounu, who represented Ortom at the event, said the Governor has not shown any symptoms of the virus, and would soon complete his period of isolation.
“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,” Abounu said.
“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,” he added.
The Deputy Governor, therefore, urged Benue people to ensure strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols to check the spread of the virus in the state.