- Akwa Ibom state has not recorded any case of coronavirus
- But, the Udom Emmanuel led government is preparing for any eventuality
- The government has activated its emergency response system and prepared its 13 ventilators for use
The Akwa Ibom state government is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that it is fully prepared for any eventuality as coronavirus spreads across Nigeria.
Governor Udom Emmanuel is leading the charge in making sure that there is no recorded case in the state, and if any, the state government is capable of handling the situation.
In the company of medical experts, the governor on Wednesday, April 1, inspected 13 ventilators at the emergency unit of the Ibom Multi-Specialty hospital.
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The governor who was guided around the facility by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Emmanuel Ekanem, inspected the Intensive Care Unit, emergency theatre, ventilators for adults and babies as well as other state of the art equipment recently acquired by the state government.
Speaking to journalists after the tour of the facility, Governor Emmanuel said the visit was to ascertain the readiness of the state government to contain any emergency situation of disease outbreak, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
His words: “We are here to make sure what we have put on the ground are working well. We wanted the whole 13 ventilators checked to be sure they are working very well, even though we don’t have any incident of COVID-19.
“I needed to also ensure that they have expanded the number of beds, that we ordered for extra 20 facilities to accommodate, in case of any emergency and I am happy with what I have seen.
“It is not only coronavirus that we should be concerned about. Malaria kills too. So we are interested in every aspect of illness and to make sure that all our citizens are well taken care of.”
He noted that the state government places a premium on the lives of its citizens and will continue to be proactive, rather than reactive in matters concerning healthcare.
The governor commended the state medical team and assured that his government will continue to monitor the healthcare situation of the state.
Governor Udom Emmanuel had earlier directed that the taskforce for containment of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Akwa Ibom state be trained and equipped to undertake its critical tasks.
The governor gave the directive when he met with executives of the Conglomeration of Health Workers Against COVID-19 at Government House, Uyo, on Sunday, March 29.
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