Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has said that the 23 contacts have been traced to the first and only index case of the coronavirus in the state, including staff of the Grace Cottage Hospital where Mrs Susan Okpe was first admitted.
According to the governor, the 23 contacts are still in isolation, as the 14-day incubation period will expire this weekend.
The governor also emphasised that the directives of the state government for people to maintain social distancing and adhere strictly to measures that can help curb the spread of the deadly Coronavirus is still on.
The governor, who spoke with journalists in Makurdi shortly after receiving briefing from the State Action Committee on COVID-19, headed by the deputy governor, Engr Benson Abounu, said the state would maintain its lockdown order based on the increasing cases of the virus in the country.
He noted that the lockdown is for the good of the general public, stressing that even though the decision may be harsh, it remains a necessary sacrifice that all must make.
He informed that the blood sample of the doctor who attended to the index case at the hospital was also taken to Abuja and the result is still being awaited, noting that the state would not leave any stone unturned to contain the spread of the virus.
Ortom informed that the fumigation of markets in Makurdi and Otukpo had already been completed and same exercise was ongoing in Gboko, stressing that churches, mosques, parks and other public places would also be fumigated.
He noted that this year’s Easter celebration would be done indoors as most of the Churches’ activities as well as Mosques require close contact with one another which is against the social distancing order.
The governor while commending the Action Committee for a job well done, also acknowledged the support and cooperation of security agents and people of the state during the lockdown, saying the situation would be reviewed when the committee meets on Monday.
The deputy governor, Engr. Benson Abounu during the briefing, stated that intensive training of medical personnel had been carried out, adding that awareness campaigns on preventive measures had also reached the hinterlands and was still being carried out among others.