By Matthew Ajai-Kume
Governor Samuel Ortom has urged the people of Benue State to embark on COVID-19 test, in order to know their status.
A statement made available to journalists by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase Wednesday says the people embarking on the test would complement government ‘s efforts in fighting the pandemic.
“Only by going for the test that the status of the people can be determined and treatment of those positive will commence in good time,” the statement read.
According to Akase, his principal noted that, though, he tested negative for COVID-19 on 14 December 2020, the fact that, some of his close aides are positive has made it imperative that, he goes into isolation, as the protocol on curbing the virus demands.
He said, in accordance with medical experts, the second phase of the pandemic is deadlier and as such, requires the collaboration of everyone to contain it.
Governor Ortom emphasised that, COVID-19 is real and it is important that the people take the preventive measures such as physical distancing, wearing of facemasks, washing of hands with soap and the use of alcohol based sanitisers.
It could be recalled that, the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has killed many in the country, some of the victims are from Benue State.
Also, as a result of the new wave of the pandemic across the world and Nigeria in particular, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, had stopped the resumption of students to all federal government secondary schools in the country, on the earlier scheduled date of 18 January, 2021.