- Benue deputy governor, Benson Abounu, has revealed how a family of six contracted Covid-19 in the state
- Abounu explained that a Kano returnee infected his wife and four children with the virus
- The deputy governor also disclosed how three doctors and a driver contracted the virus while taking blood samples of suspected cases to Abuja for testing
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There are fresh worries over the state of Covid-19 in Benue as a family of six, three medical doctors and 41 others tested positive for the infectious disease.
This was disclosed by the state’s Action Committee on COVID-19, Benson Abounu, who is also the state's deputy governor, on Wednesday, June 24, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Abounu explained that a man travelled to Kano state, returned to the state and infected his wife and four children.
Also, three doctors and a driver contracted the virus while taking blood samples of suspected cases to Abuja for testing.
The deputy governor expressed worry that Benue state had started experiencing community transmission of COVID-19 due to non-compliance of residents to the federal government’s guidelines.
So far, the state has taken over 500 samples to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for test, out of which 48 came out positive, while one person died before the result came out, the deputy governor said.
According to him, the state government was working towards total enforcement of the use of face mask.
He added that over 100,000 face masks have been procured by the state government and are ready for distribution across the 23 councils of the state.
In another development, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has cried out over the rising crime rate and crisis going on in different parts of the state.
The governor who decried the situation while swearing in new council chairmen at the Government House in Makurdi on Monday, June 22, lamented that the negative developments have direct serious effects on peace without which development cannot thrive in the state.
He urged the new chairmen to work in harmony with security agencies as well as traditional rulers, community leaders and other reputable leaders in their council areas to nip any form of crisis in the bud.
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