COVID-19: Ortom releases another N1000m as firm donates 200- bed facility


Benue state government has released another N100 million to the action committee on covid-19 spread even as an oil and gas company has donated 200 beds to fight the disease in the state.


In a joint briefing at Benue Peoples House Makurdi on Sunday, Information, Culture and Tourism Commissioner and that of health and human services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo said the decision of governor Ortom to approve additional funds was born out of the desire to ensure that Benue does not witness another case in the state.

According to Mrs. Addingi, part of the money will be used to upgrade facilities at the quarantine center, pointing out that the 23 victims who came in contact with an index case have been traced and quarantined in a health facility.

She disclosed that incentives have been approved for health workers on covid-19 duty while training would be triggered to secondary staff in general hospitals in the state to be battle ready for the challenges ahead.

On his part, Health and human services commissioner, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo said the committee has deployed surveillance officers at border area to prevent Cameroonians fleeing their country with the disease from entering Benue communities.

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He stated that the state government has ordered for hand sanitizers and other essentials materials for distribution to members of the public this week and advised against disregard to social distancing directives.

The commissioner commended public and private individuals including UBA, MICAP Rice company, BECEMA among others for donating various sums of money to the state government in her quest to fight covid-19 to a stand still.

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