Covid-19: Wife of Benue State Governor, Son test positive

By Aloysius Umalo, Makurdi

The Wife of the Benue State Governor, Dr. Eunice Ortom

The Wife of the Benue State Governor in North Central Nigeria, Dr. Eunice Ortom has tested positive for Coronavirus disease.

Dr Ortom who announced her status in a statement said her son and some staff attached to her office had also tested positive for the virus.

“This evening, I received my result from the tests earlier carried out on me by the personnel of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC on routine screening at Government House, Makurdi. The test showed that I and my son, and some staff are Covid-19 positive,” she said.

Dr Ortom has made history by becoming the first wife of a sitting Governor in the country to have tested positive for the pandemic.

There have been growing public concerns about the status of the Governor, Samuel Ortom after the First Lady disclosed her Positive case.

The public declaration of the Governor’s wife confirming her Covid-19 status has also sent shivers in the spine of close friends and associates of the first family.

The result of the First Lady’s test came as Benue State recorded about 32 new cases of infections in a day, the highest figure to be recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic, bringing the tally to about 97 cases.

The First Lady is now in total isolation and called for prayers.

“We have from this moment, gone into total isolation as required by the protocols and would immediately begin the management treatment as advised by medical experts,” she said.

The Governor’s wife urged all those who came into contact with her in the last two weeks to go for Covid-19 test.

“While I have taken the responsibility to personally call everyone I can recall to have had recent contact with to go for testing, I advice any one who has had close contact with me in the last 2 weeks and the public to go for screening and testing as well,” she stressed.

Dr Ortom said; ”Covid-19 is not a death sentence… I wish to reiterate that being positive is not a death sentence as evident by the many recoveries recorded thus far so there is no need to panic, but we should continue to be responsible in our actions to keep others safe.”

She encouraged the people of the state to take preventive measures to be protected and be safe by observing the primary protocols of wearing of face masks, constant washing of hands with soap, maintaining Social Distancing and to stay indoors if not necessary to go out.


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