- Governor Udom Emmanuel has debunked some media reports suggesting that some of his commissioners have contracted COVID-19
- The governor said claims that nine or more commissioners are secretly receiving treatment of COVID-19 in their residences is false
- Some media reports recently suggested a number of the governor's aides were carriers of the disease
Governor Udom Emmanuel has said that none of his commissioners has contracted the dreaded COVID-19 infection.
The governor made this known at Government House, Uyo, during a media parley with some journalists in the state, on Monday, April 27.
Some media reports had suggested a number of the governor's aides were carriers of the disease.
Reacting to the report, Governor Emmanuel said claims that nine or more commissioners are secretly receiving treatment of COVID-19 in their residences were a mere figment of the authors.
“Ordinarily, at this time, I wouldn’t have loved to bring out all my commissioners to this parley, I did that to show the world that what they have been reading or hearing is untrue. All my commissioners are here, healthy and strong,” he said.
About the state’s preparedness against the pandemic, Governor Emmanue said long before the first case of COVID-19 was announced in Nigeria, the state was enjoying a world-class health care system.
His words: “The COVID-19 pandemic did not meet Akwa Ibom state unprepared. Hospitals in the state were already equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and digitized long before the first case of coronavirus was mentioned in Nigeria.
“We have 407 doctors and 2000 nurses already on the ground in the health sector of the state. There were emergency operating centres already put in place at the Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, Ikot Ekpene and the Ibom Specialty Hospital, ISH with 25-bed capacity equipped with modern facilities.”
He said that the state has 19 ventilators available in case they're needed for assisted respiration with medical professionals and consultants constantly on call.
Justifying the recent commendation of the state by NCDC over contact tracing, the governor noted that there is no doubt about the score of 99% in contact tracing since the state has “a fully digitalised and functional situation room and call centres manned by 50 medical experts.”
Recall that Ephraim Inyangeyen, Akwa Ibom's commissioner for works, recently denied the allegations.
While fielding questions from newsmen in Uyo recently, the commissioner described the report as a malicious, blatant lie and sponsored blackmail.
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