The wife of Benue State Governor, Eunice Ortom, has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and has been placed under isolation.
Also, her son and some domestic staff have also been isolated after testing positive to the virus which was contracted from the first lady.
In a statement she personally signed yesterday night, the First Lady said tests conducted on her came out positive and that she has gone into total isolation and has commenced treatment.
“A few moments ago this evening, I received my result from the tests earlier carried out on me by NCDC personnel on routine screening at Government House, Makurdi which returned that I, my son, and some staff are COVID-19 positive.
“We have from this moment, gone into total isolation as required by the protocol and would immediately begin the management treatment as advised by medical experts,” she added.
Ortom, however, advised everyone who has had contact with her in the past two weeks to undergo screening and get tested to ascertain their COVID-19 status.
While expressing assurance of recovery, Ortom stressed that being COVID-19 positive was not a death sentence and urged residents not to stigmatize survivors.
Although she admitted that the virus is real, she asked residents of the state not to panic but should be responsible for their actions.
In doing this, Ortom wants the people “to take preventive measures to be protected and be safe by observing the primary protocols.”
One of such include wearing of face masks, constant washing of hands, maintaining Social Distance and staying indoors.