Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and members of his family have tested negative to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), two days after going for the test.
Lalong had volunteered his samples and those of his family members, which health officials forwarded to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) laboratory in Abuja for examination.
This came after calls for states’ chief executives to confirm their status after some members of the National Economic Council (NEC) tested positive to the flu-like virus.
And the results came in Thursday, indicating negative strains for both the governor and members of his family.
In his reaction to the favourable outcome, the governor said he and his family decided to take the test to help dispel the gradually building stigma that make people reluctant to come out, even when they notice symptoms.
“If we are not careful, people can die out of fear and stigma,” said Lalong, who is also the chairman of Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF).
“I call on all our citizens, particularly those who notice symptoms of the disease, including difficulty in breathing, fever, cough, sore throat, headache and general fatigue, or have had contact with any infected person, to report to health officials and submit themselves for examination.”
The Plateau chief executive disclosed that his administration had continued to take proactive measures, including one-week total lockdown beginning midnight of Thursday, April 9, to prevent movements that could expose the state to the disease.
Lalong also assured the people of the state that the NCDC had already approved the establishment of a coronavirus-test centre in Plateau, which will take off very soon and reduce challenges associated with the shuttle to Abuja for testing.