MAKURDI – Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has advised the people of the state not to slack in observing the COVID-19 preventive measures despite the drop in rate of new infections.
Orton, therefore, urged the people of the state to strive to observe the COVID-19 protocols set by the National Center for Disease and Control (NCDC) so as to check its spread.
The governor gave the charge during the presentation of a book, titled: “The World After COVID-l9 Pandemic”, written by Dr. Ortindi Torough Baka in Makurdi at the weekend.
Represented by the Principal Special Assistant (PSA) on Media, Nathaniel Ikyur, Governor Ortom appealed to the people of the state to continue to observe all the laid down COVID-19 protocols despite the drop in rate of new infections.
The governor said: “The book is apt as it seeks to give the people knowledge about COVID-19; on the part of government, we will continue to ensure that the health sector is always given top priority so that we record less of the virus in the state.”
While Ortom noted that his administration has provided the needed support for the fight against the virus, he said the government has commenced plans to establish a Centre for Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the College of Health Sciences, Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi.
He commended the author for his decision to write on an issue that was fresh and hot, even as he urged members of the public to buy the book.
Baka lamented that the high level of ignorance among Nigerians was promoting insecurity, corruption, religious bigotry, intolerance, extremism, ethnicity, rumor-mongering, defamation of character, hatred, disunity, bitterness, rancour, anarchy, violence, falsehood and deception.
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