By George Onmonya Daniel
Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu of Abia State has tested positive of the novel Coronavirus disease, Covid 19. His Commissioner of Information, John Okiyi Kalu made it known to the world in a press statement.
The Governor submitted his sample to NCDC on 4th June, 2020, and it came back positive. Prior to that day there was report that he submitted a sample that came out negative.
The Governor has gone for self Isolation and handed over to the deputy governor.
Governor Ikpeazu has become popular in the recent times for his use of COVID 19 glass mask that.
We don’t know if his family have also gone into isolation.
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Recall that on Saturday, 30th May, 2020, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu volunteered his sample for COVID-19 test and subsequently directed members of the state Executive Council (EXCO) and those of the inter ministerial committee on COVID-19 to submit themselves for the same test. On Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020. Tthe result of Governor Ikpeazu’s test returned negative.
On Thursday, 4th June, 2020, the Governor submitted another sample at the Nigeria Center For Disease Control (NCDC) laboratory for confirmation and the result returned positive.
As a result, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has gone into isolation, as required by relevant NCDC protocols, and he is being managed by a competent team of medical practitioners with a view to nursing him back to good health.
Consequent on the above, the Governor has directed his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, to act on his behalf pending his full resumption of duties.
We wish to urge all Abians to take the fight against COVID-19 serious as the disease is real but not a death sentence. Our state has the resources to manage patients back to good health.
Chief John Okiyi Kalu
Honorable Commssioner for Information, Abia State