COVID-19: NCDC admits error in number of Akwa Ibom state confirmed cases

COVID-19: NCDC admits error in number of Akwa Ibom state confirmed cases

- Akwa Ibom state still as 16 active cases of coronavirus

- The NCDC had made an error and added one more case making it 17

- But the agency realised its error and admitted it was a repeat of a sample test

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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has admitted an error in its latest computation of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Akwa Ibom state.

The agency said the Akwa Ibom state government was right in insisting that only 16 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the state.

The NCDC admitted that it had erroneously repeated a sample test, which resulted in the 17 cases it earlier recorded for the state.

The apology by NCDC in their latest update on Saturday morning regretted the error and affirmed that Akwa Ibom had only 16 confirmed cases.

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“On the 14th of May, 4 cases reported from Plateau and 1 case from Akwa Ibom, were repeat cases‬

“‪Therefore Plateau has a total of 21 cases and Akwa Ibom has a total of 16 cases‬

‪“We apologise to the State Governments for the error and remain committed to ensuring accurate reporting,” the NCDC said via a tweet.

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The state commissioner for health Dr Dominic Ukpong had told journalists a few days ago that the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Akwa Ibom was slightly lower than the figure published by NCDC.

Two weeks ago, the NCDC had adjudged the state as a high flyer in contact tracing, with 99.1 per cent success being recorded.

Akwa Ibom state first had confirmed cases of five persons suffering from the diseases on Wednesday, April 1.

The state government had also announced that it has not received any financial support from the federal government since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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The government was reacting to some media reports claiming that the federal government had assisted Akwa Ibom with some financial help to curb the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, who is the secretary to the Akwa Ibom government, the news is false and should be disregarded.

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