- Governor Samuel Ortom will have to spend some time in self-isolation
- This is because one of the permanent secretaries in Benue state has tested positive for COVID-19
- Ortom will remain in isolation until it is medically proven that he is negative
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Following news that one of his aides tested positive for COVID-19, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has been forced to go into self-isolation for the second time.
This was announced by Benson Abounu, the deputy governor, on Sunday, January 10, during the Armed Forces Interdenominational service held at ECWA Church in Makurdi, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Abounu said Ortom chose to self-isolate until the official, who is a permanent secretary, recovers from the disease.
The deputy governor also said the period of isolation will elapse when it results conducted on Ortom returns negative.
“As I speak with you, the governor has been in isolation for about 9 days and has shown no symptoms or signs of the virus.
"So, I am happy to inform you that by tomorrow, we should be able to certify him free and he will resume work."
Meanwhile, Eunice Ortom, the wife of Ortom and the first lady of Benue state, on Friday, July 3, announced that she had contracted the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Eunice confirmed this after results of tests carried out on her by health officials some days ago to ascertain her health status proved that she has been infected with the disease.
The governor's wife also disclosed that she has gone into self-isolation and has began treatment immediately.
Added to this, the first lady of the state revealed that her son and some staff members have tested positive for the pandemic.
“A few moments ago this evening, I received my result from the tests earlier carried out on me by NCDC personnel on routine screening at Government House, Makurdi which returned that I, my son, and some staff are COVID-19 positive..."
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