Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom govt faults confirmation of first 5 cases in the state

Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom govt faults confirmation of first 5 cases in the state

- Akwa Ibom has faulted FG over reported cases of coronavirus in the state

- Specifically, the state government wants reconfirmation of the cases

- The Akwa Ibom government is also alleging a breach in the test and reporting procedure

Following the reported cases of coronavirus in Akwa Ibom, the state government has faulted the federal government's announcement and as a result, seek reconfirmation of the virus in its domain.

This was disclosed in a statement by the state and signed by Dr. Dominic Ukpong Hon. commissioner, Ministry of Health.

The statement read in full:

Sequel to the news report about the positive testing of 5 hitherto suspected cases of COVID -19 in Akwa Ibom state, we wish to state as follows, that;

1. We observed a disturbing breach in the test and reporting procedure.

2. Akwa Ibom state government only heard about the test results in the news

3. The Director-General of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was not aware of the reported result announcement.

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4. All 5 reported positive test cases have been contacted and they have showed no COVID-19 symptoms.

5. While the tests were being processed in NCDC approved test facilities, all suspected cases were held in isolation.

6. Several sample batches have been previously sent for testing from Akwa Ibom state and they all returned negative results.

7. Owing to the irregularities observed in the testing and reporting procedure, health care professionals in Akwa Ibom state have called for an immediate reconfirmation test on the 5 reported cases.

8. The results will be made public; following due process

9. Health Care Professionals in Akwa Ibom State have also appealed to the NCDC to ensure that all future tests are conducted following due process in order to maintain continued confidence in the process

10. Residents and citizens are enjoined to remain calm while observing all personal and respiratory hygiene guidelines earlier issued as well as adhere to the social distancing prescriptions.

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11. The Enforcement Committee of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020 have been mandated to see to the full operation of the provisions of the regulations.

12. The Incident Management committee will continue to meet on a daily basis to review and analyze the situation while updates will be provided as and when due.

Recall that had reported that Nigeria recorded another 23 new cases of the dreaded coronavirus. This was disclosed by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet on Wednesday, April 1.

The tweet read: "Twenty-three new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria; 9 in Lagos, 7 in the FCT, 5 in Akwa Ibom, 1 in Kaduna and 1 in Bauchi state."

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