Ortom to make outcome of test result public when ready
By Peter Duru- Makurdi
The Secretary of Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19 and Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Sunday Ongbabo, says 23 persons who allegedly had close contact with the Benue index case have been traced by his surveillance team and placed on supervised isolation.
Dr Ongbabo who made the disclosure yesterday in Makurdi told Vanguard that the staff of the private hospital where the index case had earlier sought medical attention in Makurdi were also on supervised isolation by the state government.
He said: “We have listed about 23 of them and we are monitoring and communicating with them. They are on supervised self-isolation.
“For now, they have not started showing any symptoms. It is when they start showing symptoms that we will isolate completely and move such a person to the treatment centre.
“Though that is the number on our list for now, however, we are still seeking more information. It is from that information that we would be able to act. Unfortunately, that was the cooperation we didn’t get from our index case. She did not cooperate with us at all to help us do our work properly.
“Luckily, so far, we have not had any new case. We have continued to send samples for COVID-19 tests and they have been coming back negative. So we do not have any course to worry at the moment.
“We are currently cascading our awareness campaign in the grassroots. We have met with traditional rulers in the state and local government council Caretaker Chairmen and we are doing all we can to reach and talk to the people on the seriousness of the health challenge.
“Just today, Friday, we had an emergency State Executive Council Meeting to discuss the economic impact of the challenge because we do not know how far it will go. It’s an impact on food security and nutrition and all that is connected therewith because it is not just a health challenge.
“On the whole, we are making steady progress, thank God for the immense support we are getting from our Governor. We have also distributed thermometers to all our border areas to screen people coming into the state and the LGA Caretaker Chairmen are also doing their bits.”
On the COVID-19 test conducted on Governor Samuel Ortom and his deputy, the Health Commissioner said, “the result is not yet out. As soon as it is out the Governor, in his usual way of doing things, will make it public.”