COVID 19 :ABIA GOVERNOR, DEPUTY, EXCO ISOLATE AS FAMILY MEMBERS OF DEAD COVID-19 TASK FORCE CHAIRMAN TEST POSITIVE
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
There is an indication that the former commissioner for Environment in Abia State and chairman Covid-19 task force, Solomon Ogunji who died recently might have died of corona virus.
Ogunji was announced dead by the state government sometime last week and his death said to have been caused by a high blood pressure related ailment.
He was said to have died while being conveyed to the Abia State University Teaching hospital Aba (ABSUTH) on that fateful day.
However, the government on Sunday advised all who had direct contact with the late Ogunji to isolate and submit selves for covid-19 test.
Apparently, some members of the late commissioner’s household who were tested for covid-19 are positive.
A statement issued by the commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu also advised the Deputy Governor, Udo Oko Chukwu, EXCO members and other members of COVID-19 task force to isolate for 14 days.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu will also have to undergo test and go into isolation as required.
Already, John Okiyi Kalu, commissioner for information says he has submitted his samples for test and has also gone into isolation.
Below is his statement :
Following the outcome of tests conducted on close family members of a late member of the state executive council (Exco) and member of the Inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19, Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed all members of the committee and those of the Exco who might have recently come in contact with the late commissioner to immediately undergo COVID-19 tests and isolate themselves thereafter pending the outcome of the tests.
Governor Ikpeazu who is still in mourning will also subject himself to all other necessary protocols as he has directed his Exco members including the Deputy Governor to do.
We wish to call on all Abians to continue to observe relevant regulations issued by the government and health authorities to stem the spread of the disease.
Chief John Okiyi Kalu,
Honorable Commissioner for Information, Abia State