Ortom Tests Positive to COVID-19, Commences Treatment

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By George Okoh

Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom has revealed that the latest result of his COVID-19 test has returned positive.

This followed results of the tests carried on most of the governor’s close aides which also returned positive in the last few weeks.

This was disclosed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, in a statement issued yesterday.

Though the governor said he had not shown any symptoms of the disease, he has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel.

He advised those who came in contact with him in the last couple of days to go for test.

The governor also stated it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

Ortom urged Benue people to continue to observe the protocol for the prevention of the virus such as wearing of face masks, use of sanitizers, regular hand washing and physical distancing.

He encourage 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.

For the second time since the pandemic broke out, the Ortom had gone into isolation, earlier this month.

This, according to his deputy, Mr. Benson Abounu, was due to contact with persons who tested positive to the virus, including an unnamed permanent secretary and his relatives.

Ortom had in July 2020 gone into isolation after his wife, son, and some aides tested positive to the virus.

Abounu had disclosed recently that the governor’s decision to go into second isolation, followed the medical report indicating that a certain permanent secretary and his family members tested positive.

‌ Abounu had also stated that the governor would remain in isolation for the stipulated number of days until a test shows he is negative.

However, the decision of the governor to proceed on isolation came days after the head of Buruku Local Government Area of the state, Daniel Deajir, died from COVID-19 complications.