Abounu: Benue Will Lockdown Again If Covid-19 Cases Rise Further

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue state government is considering a total Lockdown as a measure to curtail the rapid spread of Coronavirus disease experienced in the state within a short period of time after the ease on the partial lockdown introduced before.

Deputy Governor and Chairman, State Action Committee on Covid-19, Engr Benson Abounu made this known yesterdayay at Government House Makurdi during a press briefing.

Engr Abounu expressed worry over the negligence of preventive measures exhibited by people of the state and attributed the speedy rise in the number of infected cases to the ease on lockdown as well as the lukewarm attitudes towards Covid-19 guidelines.

He disclosed that 12 cases were recorded in one day while the total number of infected persons stood at 47, 30 were receiving treatment while 16 had been treated and discharged as at the time of filing this report, being 24th June, 2020.

The Deputy Governor dismissed the rumours that Benue has recorded the death of a Covid-19 patient. He said the man was suffering from many ailments long ago including Leukemia, bone marrow disease and many other health complications.

He stated however that, few days before he passed on, the man in question was coughing ceaselessly and so his blood sample was taken to Abuja for test and the result came out positive after his death.

Abounu stressed that the state government would take adequate care of the medical personnel who are in the front line for the fight against the pandemic.

He disclosed that five medical Doctors treating Covid-19 patients and two ambulance drivers who have been conveying the Victims from one point to another have contracted the virus and so they deserve commensurate care despite the mean resources at their disposal.

The chairman of the state Action Committee on Covid-19 made known to newsmen an initiative of the Northern Governors’ forum to establish mobile testing centres in every state at the sum of $384, 000 US per month. By this arrangement, Benue state will be paying the sum of N8 million monthly for a period of 24 months.

Fielding questions from journalists on how much the Committee has realized so far and the total amount spent, Abounu explained that, they had received a total of roughly 240 million naira while the sum of 60 million naira has been spent on the preparation of centres and treatment of patients.

“We have not realised up to 50 million naira since we started and we have not received money from anywhere Government wise”, Abounu said.