Benue speaker, son test positive for coronavirus

Coronavirus COVID-19

Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly Titus Uba and his son Tertsea Gbisea who represents Kwande East State constituency have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Chairman, Assembly Committee on Information and Orientation Lubem Tiav stated this in a release on Monday.

“Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly Titus Uba received his COVID-19 results on Saturday and tested positive. All the speaker’s household whose samples were tested for the dreaded disease came out negative except the speaker and his last son.

“According to the results, he is asymptomatic but stable, hale and hearty, in high spirit and has since commenced full treatment in self-isolation according to the protocol and advice of medical professionals,” the statement read.

Mr Gbisea said in a separate statement that the assembly complex had been shut down and would be fumigated on the order of the speaker.

“The assembly by virtue of its official functions and constituency responsibilities stand the natural risk of exposure to carriers of the virus despite the adherence to personal hygiene and COVID-19 safety protocols, and just like every other public worker, it is an occupational hazard that comes with service.

“The affected members have immediately gone into self-isolation and full treatment on them has commenced in line with COVID-19 protocols. While Rt Hon Uba and Hon Gbiseh are without symptoms they are at the moment assisting the NCDC in contact tracing,” he said.