Akwa Ibom State Government Counters FG’s Confirmation Of 5 Cases Of Covid-19 In The State, As All Suspects Test Negative

Following the reported cases of coronavirus in Akwa Ibom State, the State Government has faulted the Federal Government’s announcement, and as a result, is seeking reconfirmation of the virus in its domain.

This was disclosed in a statement by the State, and signed by Dr. Dominic Ukpong, the Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Health.

The statement reads in full:

“Sequel to the news report about the positive testing of 5 hitherto suspected cases of Covid-19 in Akwa Ibom State, we wish to state as follows, that;

1. We observed a disturbing breach in the test and reporting procedure.

2. Akwa Ibom State Government only heard about the test results in the news.

3. The Director-General of the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, was not aware of the reported result announcement.

4. All 5 reported positive test cases have been contacted, and they have shown no Covid-19 symptoms.

5. While the tests were being processed in NCDC approved test facilities, all suspected cases were held in isolation.

6. Several sample batches have been previously sent for testing from Akwa Ibom State, and they all returned negative results.

7. Owing to the irregularities observed in the testing and reporting procedure, health care professionals in Akwa Ibom State have called for an immediate reconfirmation test on the 5 reported cases.

8. The results will be made public, following due process. 

9. Health Care Professionals in Akwa Ibom State have also appealed to the NCDC, to ensure that all future tests are conducted following due process, in order to maintain continued confidence in the process

10. Residents and citizens are enjoined to remain calm, while observing all personal and respiratory hygiene guidelines earlier issued, as well as adhere to the social distancing prescriptions.

11. The Enforcement Committee of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020, have been mandated to see to the full operation of the provisions of the regulations.

12. The Incident Management Committee will continue to meet on a daily basis, to review and analyse the situation, while updates will be provided as and when due.”

Recall, that Nigeria recorded another 23 new cases of the dreaded coronavirus. This was disclosed by the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in a tweet on Wednesday, April 1.

The tweet read: “23 new cases of #Covid19 have been reported in Nigeria; 9 in Lagos, 7 in the FCT, 5 in Akwa Ibom, 1 in Kaduna, and 1 in Bauchi State.”

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