COVID-19: 5 patients in Akwa Ibom are hale and hearty - State government

COVID-19: 5 patients in Akwa Ibom are hale and hearty - State government

- The five persons who tested positive for coronavirus in Akwa Ibom state are hale and hearty

- This was revealed by the secretary to the Akwa Ibom state government, Mr Emmanuel Ekuwem

- Ekuwem addressed a press briefing in Government House, Uyo on Tuesday, April 7 where he gave reports on the situation

The Akwa Ibom state government has stated that all five reported positive test cases of COVID-19 in the state are hale and hearty while they await the conduct of a reconfirmation test.

This was made known by the secretary to the state government, Mr Emmanuel Ekuwem during a press briefing held in Government House, Uyo on Tuesday, April 7.

According to Ekuwem, the five cases earlier taken into isolation custody have not shown any noticeable symptoms, nevertheless, they are under close observation by a team of specialized medical experts.

COVID-19: 5 patients in Akwa Ibom are hale and hearty - State government
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He said the state Incident Management Committee has continued to intensify efforts at contact tracing following standard medical procedures, adding that so far, there is no evidence of downstream infections.

He further disclosed that Governor Udom Emmanuel is leading from the front in the fight against the pandemic and is building a 300-bed isolation centre in addition to two fully equipped isolation centres in the state.

“Construction work has commenced on a 300-bed isolation centre in Ituk Mbang to complement existing Isolation centres in IDH, Ikot Ekpene and Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo.

“The state government is working round the clock and deploying every available resource at its disposal to ensure that the situation is under control.

“We have so far procured and distributed large numbers of personal protective equipment, PPEs and other requisite tools to relevant health care institutions in the state, increased the number of isolation centres and set up a situation room manned by more than 50 medical experts,” he said.

He also acknowledged the receipt of donations from several well-meaning corporate bodies and private individuals and called on all corporate organizations located in the state to lend support in cash or kind.

Ekuwem reminded residents and citizens of the need to remain law-abiding and fully observe the lock-down order while observing all personal and respiratory hygiene guidelines earlier issued and adhere to the social distancing prescriptions.

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Recall that Governor Emmanuel had earlier announced a total cessation of movements and prohibition of all events of any nature for 14 days in Akwa Ibom after five cases of coronavirus was confirmed in the state.

The governor announced the move in a statewide broadcast on Thursday, April 2.

He said the move was to enable medical experts to commence contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed to the five confirmed patients.

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