COVID-19: Don’t Slack In Observing Protocols Despite Drop In Infection Rates | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

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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