The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, disclosed on Wednesday.
This development comes just as many of his aides, including his personal physician, aide de camp, orderly, permanent secretaries among others all tested positive for the virus.
Akase, in a statement made available to journalists in Makurdi, said that “the latest result of his (governor Ortom) COVID-19 test has returned positive.
“This follows the test results of most of the Governor’s close aides who also returned positive in the last few weeks.
“Though the Governor has not shown any symptoms of the disease, he has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel.
The governor, according to the statement, advised those who have come in contact with him in the last couple of days to go for test.
Akase said that Governor Ortom urged Benue people to continue to observe the protocol for the prevention of the virus such as wearing of face masks, use of sanitisers, regular hand washing and physical distancing.
“The Governor says it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for a test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.
“He encourages the people not to be afraid of going for COVID-19 test as only doing so would help in containing the spread of the disease,” the statement added.