Akwa Ibom State has explained why six patients who were undergoing treatment on suspicion of COVID-19 in the State, were discharged.
According to the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, the six were cleared and discharged on Wednesday from the COVID-19 Isolation Unit of the Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo after being confirmed negative from two tests conducted by the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC.
Addressing journalists on the COVID 19 Update on Wednesday, Dr Ekuwem said three of those discharged are from the initial five index cases reported in the state.
“While the five initial index cases in our state were still being attended to by our team of health professionals in one of the isolation centres, additional four samples were sent for testing alongside confirmation test for the initial five cases.
“The test results confirmed three of the initial five cases to be negative, while one of the four new samples tested positive.
“Thus, as we speak, Akwa Ibom has only three positive cases of Coronavirus. The confirmed negative cases were discharged earlier this afternoon.
“As you are aware, even before the first five index cases were reported in our State, through the foresightedness of our dear Governor, Akwa Ibom had put in place, a comprehensive Incident Management Committee.”
“I am happy to report that through the noble undertakings of the committee, the situation in our state has been effectively managed.”
Dr. Ekuwem also notified the media professionals of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s foresightedness in enabling majority of staple foods in the state are produced within, maintaining that the volume of items send to the respective villages would not have been possible if the government were to relied on importation.
“Beginning from Easter Monday, lorry loads of garri, flour, rice and beans, produced within Akwa Ibom State, started leaving warehouses for onward delivery to local government headquarters.
“Therefore, I am glad to intimate you that as we speak, the distribution of relief materials to our people ongoing and will be completed within the week.
He sued for continuous unwavering support for the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel, in the task of developing the state, adding that the duty of fighting the virus was collective and can be won with the support of all.
The SSG was flanked by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, the Commissioner for Information Sir Charles Udoh and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ekerete Udoh.