Lalong Directs ExCo Members To Test For COVID-19 As Commissioner Tests Positive

Plateau State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Abe Aku, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang on Wednesday.

According to Manjang, Governor Simon Lalong has directed members of the State Executive Council to undergo test for COVID-19 and thereafter isolate beginning today, July 1, 2020.

“This follows the fact that a member of the State Executive Council and Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Abe Aku tested positive for the virus after he carried out the test,” the statement read in part.

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong

“Based on the Governor’s directive specimens of the Commissioners are to be taken and forwarded to the COVID-19 Laboratory at The National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom for testing.

“During the period and pending the outcome of the results members of the public are advised to be guided by (sic) unnecessary visits to members of the State Executive Council while they isolate.

“This action is to not only prevent possible spread of the disease, but also show leadership by example.

“It could be recalled that Governor Lalong and his family carried out the test earlier where all of them tested negative.

“The Governor has also continued to speak against stigmatization saying that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and only continuous testing will reveal the rate of infection and facilitate treatment to save lives.

“The Governor hopes that by this act, members of the public will be more encouraged to make themselves available for testing, while at the same time obeying the COVID-19 protocols of wearing face masks, social distancing, hand washing and use of alchemy based Sanitizers.”

Lalong also used the opportunity to remind the public that the enforcement orders he issued will continue and those found violating them will be arrested and prosecuted.

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