Covid -19: Abia gov, deputy, exco members on isolation as family members of dead commissioner test positive
By Steve Oko
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; his Deputy, Ude Oko Chukwu; members of the State Executive Council as well as the members of the inter -ministerial committee on Covid-19, have proceeded on self isolation as some family members of the Chairman of the State Task Force on Covid -19, and Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Solomon Ogunji, have tested positive to coronavirus.
Ogunji died last week “following a high blood pressure related ailment” according to a release by the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu.
However, there have been suspicions that the late Commissioner must have died of covid -19, hence the blood samples of his family members were taken for test.
It was said that the samples tested positive, thus causing panic across the state.
Resultantly, the Governor has gone on self isolation and directed his deputy, commissioners and all those who must have come in contact with the late commissioner to also self isolate for 14 days.
The Commissioner for Information, in a statement Sunday said that the governor had also directed that all those who came in contact with the late commissioner should surrender themselves for covid -19 test.
Before now, Abia had five active covid -19 patients while one of the two index cases had already been discharged from the hospital.
The statement obtained by The AUTHORITY in Umuahia read in full :
“Following the outcome of tests conducted on close family members of a late member of the state executive council (Exco) and member of the Inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19, Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed all members of the committee and those of the Exco who might have recently come in contact with the late commissioner to immediately undergo COVID-19 tests and isolate themselves thereafter pending the outcome of the tests.
“Governor Ikpeazu who is still in mourning will also subject himself to all other necessary protocols as he has directed his Exco members including the Deputy Governor to do.
“We wish to call on all Abians to continue to observe relevant regulations issued by the government and health authorities to stem the spread of the disease.”Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.