COVID-19: ‘I did not tamper with Benue index case, Susan Okpe’s take a look at consequence’ – Gov Ortom


Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Saturday, refuted claims of tampering with the COVID-19 take a look at results of the state’s index case, Mrs. Susan Idoko Okpe.

Ortom defined that solely the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management, NCDC, conducts COVID-19 take a look at and never state authorities, therefore he wouldn’t have tampered with Mrs. Okpe’s consequence.

The governor made the clarification in a response to a number of movies by Mars Okpe claiming he doctored her COVID-19 consequence.

Mrs. Okpe, a United Kingdom returnee had claimed that her COVID-19 take a look at consequence was faux, including that the state authorities was behind it.

She additionally accused the state authorities of holding her hostage.

Nevertheless, Ortom said that his authorities was not holding Mrs. Okpe hostage.

He disclosed that Mrs. Okpe was in care of NCDC and the well being company will launch her when licensed freed from the virus.

An announcement by Ortom’s Chief Press Secretary, Tever Akase reads partly: “She claimed to not have seen her COVID-19 take a look at outcomes, and in one other breath described the identical outcomes as faux. How was she capable of know that the outcomes are faux with out seeing them?

“Coronavirus checks are carried out by Nigeria Centre for Illness Management, NCDC, not Benue State Authorities. Governor Ortom or every other individual may due to this fact not have tampered with the identical outcomes merely to stigmatize the index case.

“The identical means the Governor introduced standing of the index case is how he made identified that of the 2nd case who’s willingly cooperating with the COVID-19 staff to get remedy.

“We want to remind Mrs. Okpe that she is now not within the care of Benue State Authorities. NCDC is in control of her case in Abuja and can confirm her standing. If she is licensed freed from COVID-19, the illness management company will let her go. She must redirect her messages to the company and go away Governor Ortom alone.

“With each sense of accountability, Governor Samuel Ortom, on behalf of the Authorities and folks of Benue State, needs our pricey sister, Mrs. Susan Idoko Okpe speedy restoration and good well being.”


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