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The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was made known by the commissioner for information, John Kalu, in a statement on Monday.

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. The result of Governor Ikpeazu’s test returned negative. On Thursday, 4th June, 2020, the Governor submitted another sample at 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,” the statement read.

On Tuesday, Apex Igbo Youths group Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) reacted to the news of the Governor Okezie Ikepeazu of Abia state, declaring a 40 days fasting and prayers.

in a statement issued by the President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Secretary Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the group said it has mobilized over 100 religious groups to intercede with Prayers and other traditional medium of Prayers for the governor and other infected persons in the region.

The Igbo Youths group disclosed that there is ongoing 40days fasting and prayers for Governor Okezie ikpeazu led by Igbo Christian Prayer Warriors starting from today 9th June 2020

Igbo Youths appeals to all Churches in Igboland to join the Seventh Day Adventists Churches across Nigeria on Wednesday 10th June 2020 on a Special mid week prayers for all Igbo COVID-19 cases.

Other religious groups like Jewish, Muslim, Traditional and Customary religious practitioners have been mobilised to start offering their prayers, sacrifices and ordinances from 10th June 2020 for all Igbo Coronavirus cases especially Governor Okezie Ikpeazu”.

We are hopeful and confident that God will heal the land and Save Igbos from this Coronavirus pandemic.

We wished Governor Okezie ikpeazu and others affected Igbos quick recovery.

We know that since other Governors tested Negative after confirming positive from the virus in the past, definitely God Almighty will surely give healing to Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu,” the group said.

The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive for COVID-19.

This was made known by the commissioner for information, John Kalu, in a statement on Monday.

“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. The result of Governor Ikpeazu’s test returned negative. On Thursday, 4th June, 2020, the Governor submitted another sample at 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,” the statement read.

There has been an embarkation on active case search in all its 17 local government areas to ensure cases of Covid-19 and other related diseases are reported on time, says the Abia government.

The Abia State Ministry of Health, said this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Friday. He said that the disease surveillance and Notification officers Mr Stanley Ajamgbulogu had been trained for the assignment, adding that it was part of the measures to break the chain of transmission in the state.

Abia has so far recorded only two cases of COVID-19, out of which one had successfully been discharged, having tested negative twice, while the other is reportedly responding to treatment.

 The officers were currently engaged in active case search of priority diseases in all the 17 council areas, Stanley said.

We also operate with the people we call the community informants who are at the community level. These informants feed the health facility in charge of the disease with reports from various communities. So, the disease surveillance officers alert the state for further investigation,” Stanley said.

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu was appreciated for the level of awareness created in the state especially through the media, as part of the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

 Through him people are now adhering to the use of face masks, imbibing the culture of handwashing, physical distancing and other measures that may help to break the chain of transmission in the state.