NCDC boss lauds state of Akwa Ibom's medical facilities

NCDC boss lauds state of Akwa Ibom's medical facilities

- The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) in Akwa Ibom state has been adjudged as the best in Nigeria

- This was the opinion of the director-general of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

- Dr Ihekweazu and officials of WHO were in the state on a working tour of health facilities over the weekend

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The director-general of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has adjudged the Emergency Operating Center (EOC) in Akwa Ibom state as the best in the country.

Dr Ihekweazu and officials of World Health Organisation (WHO), who were in the state on a working tour of health facilities over the weekend, commended the Akwa Ibom state government for its investment in healthcare and building institutional capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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He expressed satisfaction over the facilities and quality of personnel available in the state and assured that the federal government and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 will be pleased to deepen collaborations with the state.

NCDC boss lauds state of Akwa Ibom's medical facilities

Dr Ihekweazu and officials of WHO were in Akwa Ibom on a working tour. Photo credit: AKSG
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Ihekweazu extended the gratitude of the federal government and the PTF to the people and government of Akwa Ibom state and thanked the health workers for their very hard work over the past few months since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Speaking after inspecting the Ibom Specialist Hospital and the EOC, Dr Ihekweazu said “this is actually a joint mission with the WHO...coming to Akwa Ibom today has really been such an eye-opening experience, both at Ibom Specialist Hospital and this EOC that will be opened on the 23rd of June.

“I think we were jointly pleasantly surprised at the opportunity this presents to the country. This will probably be the best EOC in the whole country, by the time it is fully operational.

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“We have really gone round from Ibom Specialist Hospital to the EOC, which I think it’s been an incredible job in terms of response to COVID, but really those facilities represent the future of healthcare in the country.”

He hailed Governor Udom Emmanuel for his investment in healthcare, saying there is a political will by his administration and the leadership of a state is taking the health of the citizens very seriously.

The Officer in charge of World Health Organisation in Nigeria, Dr Fiona Braka, said the WHO team was happy to be part of the visit, which she described as enlightening.

She lauded Akwa Ibom state government for investing in healthcare, not just as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but to boost institutional capacity in healthcare delivery.

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Recall that Akwa Ibom state recently commenced testing of COVID-19 cases in its newly built category 3 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratory at the infectious disease unit/Isolation centre of the General hospital Ituk Mbang.

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The PCR lab approved by the NCDC on Friday, June 12, received its first batch of 22 COVID-19 samples.

The NCDC gave a pass mark to the newly opened molecular diagnostic laboratory constructed by the Akwa Ibom state government earlier this month.

The laboratory was given the approval to run coronavirus tests on Monday, June 8.

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