From INI FRIDAY, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Incident Management Committee (IMC) has discharged 26 persons who have fully recovered from the virus, even as one new case has been recorded.
The IMC said the new case was out of 45 samples tested, adding that over 200 persons had been treated and discharged, having been declared free of the pandemic.
The Head of IMC and Honourary Special Adviser to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Health Matters, Dr Dominic Ukpong, explained that besides the 1,300 persons who have been tested in the State, 1,053 contact cases have been followed up, out of which 900 persons have been discharged.
He revealed that eight persons have died in the course of COVID-19 treatment due to other underlying health issues such as hypertension and respiratory challenges.
Speaking yesterday in Uyo at the Ibom Speciality Hospital, Ukpong said the results from the IMC show that the state is on the verge of winning the battle against COVID-19.
He commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for showing interest in those affected by COVID-19 and cautioned patients who have recovered against complacency, which might lead to their re-infection.
He stated that it was possible for an infected person who has been treated and discharged to be reinfected.
“I want to thank Governor Udom Emmanuel for his passion for the health of Akwa Ibom citizens. He spends time with the Incident Management team every night to talk about the welfare of patients. Not one day has ever come to pass without his care,” Ukpong stated, warning citizens, however, not to take any chances.
“Wear your face mask before the face shield; the face shield is not a suitable replacement for mask,” he stated.
Also speaking, the new Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh said it was possible for the State to overcome COVID-19 if everyone cautiously followed precautionary measures to protect themselves.
He praised health workers who have been involved in COVID-19 response and the State Government for providing the necessary assistance to drive the fight.
“We consider it another remarkable and happy day for government and the people of the State. We can overcome COVID-19 by applying all that we have been advised to do,” he said.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong advised the people of Akwa Ibom, particularly as the State is fully re-opening its economy and schools, to remain cautious and assist the children who are returning to school to imbibe the culture of safety.
“As we are reopening the economy and schools for exit classes, we must be individually responsible. Parents must help their children to understand the situation at hand. The face-mask is inconveniencing, but we must wear it.
“Remember that increased number of patients would also drain our State’s resources that would have gone into infrastructure. So, the easiest form of treatment is prevention,” he said.
One of the discharged patients, Princess Mfonobong Ekanem said she was one of those who did not believe in the existence of COVID-19, and commended the State Government for the remarkable care given to those in isolation.
She said: “God used me to prove to other doubting Thomases that COVID-19 is real. Everyone should please stay safe, take the basic preventive measures. Do not ignore symptoms.”