BY OSBERT TOR-NAJIME, MAKURDI – Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on Governor Samuel Ortom to make haste by providing testing kits for the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is as the APC wishes the wife of the Governor, Dr Eunice Ortom, his son, Chief of Staff, Head of Service, Secretary to the State Government and other top government officials and all those infected with coronavirus disease speedy recovery.
Governor Ortom had while announcing that his wife, the Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff, Head of Service amongst other of his aides tested positive for COVID-19, called on the citizens of the State to make themselves available for testing for the virus.
But, the acting Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr James Ornguga writing on his Facebook wall, wondered how the people will make themselves available to be tested when there are neither molecular diagnostic laboratory for the purpose in the state or testing kits available for the populace.
Ornaguga lamented that with the absence of testing kits, many patients who are asymptomatic may innocently be spreading the virus.
At the moment, Benue state, according to statistics available on the website of the NCDC has no fewer than 97 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.