The Benue State government has beefed up security at various communities bordering the state to prevent incidents of COVID-19 infected persons coming into the state.
This was part of the decisions taken at the expanded State Executive Council meeting, presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom which also had in attendance, members of the COVID-19 State Action Committee.
Our correspondent gathered that the decision to reinforce security at the various borders is sequel to the reported influx of Cameronian refugees to the state
The state government in addition has released N100 million to the State Action Committee on COVID-19 to implement more measures to curb the outbreak and spread of the pandemic in the state.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi said out of the amount, N20 million is to be used for completion of an additional isolation centre in Makurdi.
She stated that the Council equally approved incentives for health personnel from the General Hospitals and announced plans for their training to guarantee expertise in handling Coronavirus cases.
According to the Information commissioner, the state has secured a donation of two hundred beds for the additional isolation centres from some donors.
The commissioner also acknowledged the donation of some food items by Stallion Group of companies as well as N1 million each donated by Benue Chamber of Commerce and MIKAP Nigeria Limited, in addition to the N100,000 to be contributed monthly by each member of Council to help the state win the war against the virus.