By our reporter| The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom on Saturday ordered his deputy, Benson Abounu to undergo the coronavirus test.
The governor who confirmed that the state has recorded its first case of the novel coronavirus disease at a press briefing, gave the name of the patient as “Susan Okpe”, who returned from the United Kingdom.
Ortom further disclosed that the state action committee on COVID-19 had already commenced contact tracing of about eight persons, explaining that he disclosed the identity of the patient so that those who had made contact with her could take the necessary steps.
The governor also said he ordered his deputy, Benson Abounu, to be tested for coronavirus following his presence at the recently held national economic council meeting in Abuja where two attendees has already tested positive for coronavirus.
Ortom said, “We are already tracing of all those Susan Okpe came in contact with.
“In addition, samples of two other ladies have been collected but one among them turned to be negative to the virus.
“I have also told my deputy governor to go for a test having returned from the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja even though he told me that he had no close contact with those suspected to have contacted the virus.”