By Godwin Akor, Makurdi
Secretary of the Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19 and Commissioner for Health, Doctor Sunday Ongbabo, has said Governor Samuel Ortom’s proactive steps against COVID-19 have helped the state not to record any death since the pandemic started.
Ongbabo who spoke to journalists on the achievements of the committee, urged Benue people to appreciate God for giving Governor Ortom the wisdom to be proactive on all the issues concerning the fight against Coronovirus.
The commissioner said of the 200 persons tested so far, only six have tested positive with four of them treated and discharged.
Ongbabo expressed optimism that the two remaining persons would soon be discharged, adding that the entire people of the state need to be proactive to make the state COVID-19 free.
He said the understanding demonstrated by the persons that reported the case of the Kano yam seller who contracted the virus was exemplary and noted that Mrs Rebecca Apedzan and Edward Manger were celebrated when they were discharged because they were also exemplary in conduct.
The expert on emergency health problems said with the help of Governor Samuel Ortom, a world class laboratory is being built at the state owned university and pointed out that when completed, the laboratory would be the best in the entire West African region.
According to him, vehicles and beds have been donated
Dr Ongbabo said the Benson Abounu led Action Committee on COVID-19 has put machinery in motion to make Benue one of the states that would not record any death as a result of the disease, stressing that the people would eventually record success if they continue to observe the protocols laid down on the prevention of the pandemic.