It has now been confirmed that the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu tested negative to the coronavirus disease after taking the test.
Similarly, test results for the governor’s wife, Nkechi, and their children also came back negative.
However, two of the Governor’s aides have tested positive for the virus.
This was confirmed in a statement released by the state governor in which he noted that the tests were carried out on Saturday, May 30 and prayed that infected persons would soon be nursed back to good health.
“Leading this battle from the front, as your Governor, I and all members of the first family subjected ourselves to COVID-19 tests on Saturday, May 30, 2020, and the results came out negative today. Unfortunately, the results of two of my aides, who also subjected themselves to COVID-19 tests were positive, while others turned in negative results.
We are confident that within days, the currently asymptomatic positive patients who are now isolated will be successfully nursed back to good health, with God on our side”.
Ikpeazu disclosed that the state government will embark on massive tests for residents of the state as the fight against the coronavirus gets strengthened.
“The new phase of the fight against COVID-19 in Abia will require that the state embark on massive tests of citizens to achieve at least 10 percent coverage of our population at the initial stage of the exercise.”
“To this end, the state epidemiologist has been directed to work out modalities for case searches, using sample population size of between 30 to 250 persons, in some densely populated Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.”
The Governor, however, warned against the stigmatization of infected persons, noting that getting infected is not their fault.
“Meanwhile, we cannot win and save lives, as long as we continue to stigmatize our patients. If any person contracts COVID-19, it will be saddening but it is neither criminal nor necessarily the person’s fault.”
“Let me put it on record that statistics show that far more people recover from the virus than those who pass away from it,” he stated.
Ikpeazu then directed all Chairmen of the 17 Local Government Areas of the State, and their deputies to present themselves for COVID-19 test.
“Further to my earlier directive on the testing of members of the State Executive Council, I wish to direct that all Transition Council Chairmen of our 17 LGAs, and their Deputies, present themselves for COVID-19 tests and thereafter isolate themselves pending the release of their test results.
“I urge all citizens and residents to eschew rumour mongering and get involved in the battle against COVID-19. Take responsibility, because Abia is ready to win this battle with all hands on deck” Ikpeazu appealed.