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 COVID-19: NDLEA Official Tests Positive

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An official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has tested positive for the coronavirus disease in Benue State.

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, announced the new case at a news conference in the Government House, Makurdi on Tuesday.

The patient, who was said to have returned from Kano State, has been confirmed as the second case of the coronavirus disease in the state.

Ortom revealed that the victim came into Benue from Kano towards the end of April. He also said the victim has been taken to the state’s isolation centre located at Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

He said, “It is unfortunate that I stand before you this morning to announce to you and Benue people that another case of COVID-19 has come to the state. His name is (name withheld). He is an indigene of Benue but works with the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Kano State Command.

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“He came to Makurdi towards April ending and was immediately traced, quarantined and his sample taken to Abuja for a test but when the result came out, he tested positive.

“It is fortunate that the victim is cooperating with the state and I want to assure people that anybody with this kind of condition will not be neglected. Therefore, I want to urge everyone who had come into the state to come forward and present themselves to the committee for necessary action in their best interest.

“There is nothing wrong having you tested; even myself as a governor, I have tested for the disease but it came out negative while other governors tested positive. COVID-19 has no medicine but its cure, for now, is to stay at home, maintain social distancing.”

The second case of the coronavirus disease in Benue State came in six weeks after the index case was announced.

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