The second patient of the COVID–19 pandemic in Benue state, who is quarantined at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi, the state capital, is stable and responding to treatment.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Sunday Ongbabo, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Makurdi on Monday.
Ongbabo who is also the Secretary of the State Action Committee on COVID 19 also noted that the patient has been cooperating with the Committee.
The Commissioner explained that blood samples of all persons that may had come in contact with the victim have been collected and forwarded for testing, even as they were cooperating with the Committee.
In a related development, he said, results of the blood samples taken from fourteen youths travelling from Kano to Benue who were intercepted by the COVID – 19 Task Force were being expected.
Ongbabo therefore assured that any of them that tests positive would be treated by government, while the rest would be taken back to their state.
The Commissioner however lamented the influx of persons from high risk areas into the state.
Thus, he urged the people of the state to alert the Committee of any of their relations that may have come into the state without going through the normal protocol, particularly, if they were coming from high risk areas.
While he noted that money can be a transmitter of the virus and people should wash their hands after handling money, he cautioned people against handling of money, carelessly.
While commending Benue people on their efforts so far, Dr Ongbabo urged medical doctors and other health workers to continue to be steadfast and proactive.
He also reiterated that the Committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, would not toy with the welfare of health workers and stressed that the risks taken by the health workers would be rewarded.