The Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Samuel Ortom, has told Mrs Susan Okpe who is the index case in the state ,that he is not the cause of her enigma, Healthforbes Media reports.
Mrs Okpe who is United Kingdom based, said she came to the state for a burial in March. She accused the State Government and the Federal Government at large, for keeping her in the Isolation Center after claiming that she tasted positive for the virus and also the index case in the state.
She also claimed that she had not been given any medication even after keeping her in the facility for 43 days, without developing any symptom of COVID-19.
She continued by accusing Governor Ortom for stigmatisation by disclosing her identity to the public without her seeing her own result.
Governor Ortom denied her accusations as he said he’s not the person responsible for carrying out COVID-19 test nor the person who disclosed the result as all these measures are responsibilities of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
Ortom said, in a Statement by his Cheif Press Secretary, Tarver Akase, on Saturday, that he had no regrets disclosing her identity.
Ortom said; “The decision was made in the best interest of the people in the state who have continued to appreciate the governor for the proactive approach to contain the pandemic. With the identity of the index case known, tracing and isolating all who came in contact with her became easy.
“It is the constitutional duty of the governor to ensure safety and welfare of his people. Section 26 (2) (e) of the National Health Act 2014 gives the government the powers to reveal information relating to a person if ‘non-disclosure of the information represents a serious threat to public health’.”
“Even the United Kingdom that she left for Nigeria, the Prime Minister tested positive for COVID-19 and went public to say that he had contracted the disease. He was treated and later discharged, he added.
“But here, she has refused treatment and taken to the daily production of videos to castigate all medical personnel who attempt to attend to her, government officials and anyone who holds a contrary opinion regarding her case.”
“It is important to state that Governor Ortom is not the architect of Mrs Susan’s problems. If there is anyone who promotes unity and shows love to the various ethnic groups in Benue State, that person is Governor Ortom.
She claimed not to have seen her Coronavirus test results, and in another breath described the same results as fake. How was she able to know that the results are fake without getting to see them?.
By Dung Donald Malou
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