- Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has given an update on the coronavirus cases in the state
- The governor revealed that so far, the state has recorded 100% recovery of patients who tested positive of coronavirus
- Governor Emmanuel said the state incident management committee on COVID-19 has performed excellently in managing all the cases
Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel said the state has recorded 100% recovery of patients who tested positive of coronavirus.
Governor Emmanuel revealed this on Saturday, May 10 in Uyo, during an interview with selected journalists.
He said the state incident management committee on COVID-19 has performed excellently in managing all the cases.
His words: “Since we set up the incident management team, we have recorded 100 per cent recovery in all cases that were confirmed positive.
“For the two patients that died, they were that were brought to us totally unconscious. In our case management file, we have 100 per cent recovery.”
The governor said the 300-bed isolation centre under construction in the state will be completed within the next one week, adding that more ventilators will be brought in, in addition to the 13 ventilators the state has already.
He said: “We will complete our 300-bed isolation centre next week. But before then, medical experts will inspect the facility to check the case area to ensure that it is in compliance with the W.H.O standard. In the centre, each bed will have its own oxygen tank.
“Also, we are bringing in a lot more ventilators. We have 13 ventilators.”
While warning against the use of traditional medicine for the treatment of COVID-19, Governor Emmanuel urged residents of the state to observe all prescribed hygiene protocols and emphasised that anyone caught outside without a face mask will be arrested.
“We have enough facilities to manage these cases for now. Please obey all the rules. If we find you outside without a face mask, we will arrest you,” the governor said.
He maintained that ban on social gatherings including burials, weddings and church programmes was still in force, saying that anyone caught trying to host a burial or any other ceremony will be arrested.
The governor also opened up on why the government has not allowed the reopening of churches even after easing lockdown.
He said even though allowing churches to reopen would have been a very popular decision, the overwhelming need to keep citizens healthy and safe informed the continuous closure of churches.
“Easing down for the reopening of churches isn't the problem, the challenge remains the post benediction interactions and body closeness that usually follow all service dismissals which very little can be done to control,” he noted.
Recall that the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, recently 95 to 98 per cent of coronavirus patients will recover irrespective of medical intervention.
Dr Ihekweazu stated this on Wednesday, April 29 at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
According to him, the only reason why the patients are kept in an isolation centre is to prevent transmission.
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