Benue State Government said it will commence distribution of food items to the people to cushion the effects of the lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The government said it would kick off distribution of the food items to the residents of the state on Thursday.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Samuel Ortom had announced the stay at home order and directed closure of markets after the state reported its index case.
The governor also announced curfew on the state from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for 14-days.
The Commissioner for Information, Mrs Ngunan Addingi, made the disclosure at the end of the Expanded State Executive Council meeting, on Sunday in Makurdi.
Adingi said the gesture was to cushion the effect of the stay at home order.
She explained that the governor also released N100 million to the State Action Committee on COVID-19, to help in the fight against the pandemic in the state.
“Out of the amount, N20 million will be used for the completion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) healthcare centre that is designated as an isolation centre,” she said.
Adingi also dispelled rumors that a Benue returnee from Ghana died of the viral disease.
“We have heard the rumour but we are yet to ascertain the cause of his death. The governor has directed that a postmortem be carried on him to ascertain the cause of death.
“Until test is carried out before we will know what killed him. We do not want to work based on assumptions,” she said.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Sunday Ongbabo, enjoined Benue people not to panic and assured that the committee was working tirelessly to protect the lives of people.
“Right now, health workers are undergoing training to enable them know exactly what to do when handling COVID-19 cases.
“We want to keep Coronavirus out of Benue. I implore the people to take the preventive aspect very seriously,” he said.
Ongbabo also appealed for collaboration from relevant agencies and government organs in dishing out correct information to the public on the disease. (NAN)