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I’ll go for coronavirus test, says Ortom

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday expressed his readiness to submit sample of his blood for testing eventhough he never had contact with anyone suspected to be COVID-9 positive.

The governor stated this during the inauguration of Local Government Action Committees on Coronavirus held at the new banquet hall of Government House, Makurdi.

Ortom said the results of the test would be made public.

He reiterated the call on his deputy, Benson Abounu, who represented him at the National Economic Council in Abuja two weeks ago, to go for COVID-19 test.

Inaugurating the local government action committee, the governor charged members to ensure adequate awareness creation at the local government level.

Ortom said the COVID-19 pandemic required all hands to be on deck to prevent its spread, stressing that the sensitization must go to the hinterlands in order to save lives.

He expressed optimism that the council chairmen at that level would collaborate with traditional rulers and other relevant stakeholders to drive the campaign on the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While charging council chairmen to prioritise payment of salaries, the governor directed them to set aside N5m each to fund the activities of COVID-19 in their domains and also attend to any emergencies concerning the virus.

Ortom lamented the attitude of the first index case of the virus in Benue for taking to the cyberspace to spread falsehood in order to assuage public sympathy, stressing that the magnitude of the pandemic was beyond sentiments of whatever kind.
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