From Vincent Nyinongu, Makurdi
Since the first index case of Covid-19 in Benue was transferred to Abuja on request, no fresh case of Covid-19 has been identified in the state.
Making this known in a chat, Secretary to the State’s Action Committee on COVID -19 and Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo, said those on isolation have not shown symptoms of the dreaded disease.
Ongbabo who also revealed that those on self isolation in connection with the Benue index case have not manifested symptoms of the illness, added however, that the mandatory 14 days of isolation were yet to elapse.
He said unknown to many people, the monitoring of Benue people from COVID-19 affected countries started in February 2020 with many of them directed to isolate themselves but no symptoms of the disease manifested in them.
On the state of the Benue index case transferred to Abuja on request, the health expert said in line with the ethics of the proffession, the action committee was no longer in the position to comment on her present health condition.
In respect of the Ghana-based footballer who returned to Okpokwu his home local government in a sick condition and died on his way to receive treatment in Abuja, Ongbabo said the committee was not in the position to ascertain weather the footballer died of COVID-19 or not since the committee did not have relevant health records on him.
The committee secretary however, said that a délégation was being sent to Okpokwu to ensure that the burial was conducted in line with COVID-19 protocols.
On the efforts being made by the Benue state government to ensure that the citizens continue to be Coronavirus-free, Ongbabo said the state executive council led by Governor Samuel Ortom has approved the release of more funds for the fight against the dreaded disease and maintained that more isolation centers would be established just as some SDGs clinics would be upgraded for the same purpose.
Ongbabo advised the people to be proactive stressing that every person should be an information officer on COVID-19 and the safety tips, which include regular hand washing with soap, use of hand sanitizers and face masks where available, maintenance of distance spacing and so on.
Meanwhile, Benue people have continued to express gratitude to God and Governor Samuel Ortom for his timely effort including tracking those who had contact with the infected person in the State to be quarantined. This has saved the State from having multiple infections.