THE Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has gone into isolation after testing positive to COVID-19, leaving the state in the hands of his deputy, Ude Oko Chukwu.
In a statement confirming the result, the Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, said the result was among the 67 confirmed cases from the backlog from Abia, as announced Sunday night by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Hitherto, Abia had 16 cases and placed 34th on the table of states with COVID-19 cases in the country, but the state has 83 cases of COVID-19, and is second in the South East, behind Ebonyi State with 103 cases as at Sunday night. I
The Commissioner for Information pointed out in Umuahia that, “I need to point out that contrary to the perception people have regarding the 67 cases. Those were not results from a one-day test.
“Some of the patients listed among the 67 have already been discharged from isolation because they have tested negative.
“NCDC did not announce results for some time and when they piled up all our results in the past, about 12 days, they came to 67.”
Okiyi who confirmed the status of the governor said the governor “is fighting the virus. We strongly advise our people to take personal responsibility for their own safety because COVID-19 is real and the state has the resources to nurse individuals who might come down with this virus back to good health.”
He said that while the Governor would be undergoing treatment, the Deputy Governor, Ude Oko Chukwu, would stand in for him.
According to him, a team of competent doctors is taking care of the governor.
He added that, the government would “isolate and manage those concerned (the 67 new cases) and we will take new measures, which will be announced in due cause to continue to protect our people from this virus.
“It is no longer the time to depend on government or on anybody. You need to wear your face mask properly when you are going out; ensure that you wash your hands and use sanitizers where available, avoid any gathering, in any market that is clustered. You make sure that you take responsibility, because this virus is with us.”
Recently, Ikpeazu, in a signed statement, announced that he and his family members and aides, tested negative to the COVID-19.
But a second test by the NCDC returned positive.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Onyebuchi Ememanka, explained that Ikpeazu presented himself for a second test to remove all doubts about his status and has advised the people not to panic about the outcome.
The CPS noted that the Governor is not convinced that a positive COVID-19 result is a death sentence but reaffirmed his commitment to the plans of the state to fight the pandemic.