The Benue State governor’s wife, Mrs Eunice Ortom, her son and some of her staff have tested positive for COVID-19.
Mrs Ortom made the announcement in a statement she personally signed on Friday night in Makurdi in which she said she had gone on self-isolation with her son and all her affected staff.
She urged citizens of the state to take preventive measures to be protected and be safe by observing all the primary protocols including wearing of face masks, constant washing of hands, maintaining of social distancing and staying indoors when not necessary to go out.
The statement read in parts; “a few moments ago this (Friday) evening, I received my result from the tests earlier carried out on me and others by NCDC personnel on routine screening at House, Makurdi which returned that I and my son, and some staff are COVID-19 positive.
“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.
“While I have taken the responsibility to personally call everyone I can recall having had recent contact with to go for testing, I advise anyone who has had close contact with me in the last two weeks and the public to go for screening and testing.
“I wish to reiterate that being COVID-19 positive is not a death sentence as evidenced by the many recoveries recorded thus far so there is no need to panic, but we should continue to be responsible in our actions so as to keep others safe”.
Benue State has 97 confirmed cases of coronavirus as at Friday.