Akwa Ibom State Government has discharged five more recovered COVID-19 cases with only one positive patient remaining in the state.
Updating the press on the situation of the pandemic in the state, the Commissioner for Health and state COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said the discharge followed two negative test results recorded by the patients as required by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Dr Ukpong, who had briefed the press last week on the receipt of five results of the thirty samples sent to the NCDC for testing, announced the receipt of full result with only one testing positive.
He, however, solicited the anonymity of the discharged patients to be maintained as demanded by them.
In his words, “following the last 30 cases that we sent for test, the final results came out yesterday and I’m glad to inform you that out of the lot, only one case came positive the rest were negative. So what we have done today is to discharge those patients that we were testing for the last time and we have just discharged them. Many of them, essentially all of them will like to be anonymous.
“ I don’t want to publish their photographs, we don’t want to give their names, but they have just been discharged”, Ukpong stated.
The Health Commissioner affirmed Akwa Ibom State has so far tested over a hundred persons, out of which it has recorded only sixteen positives. Two of these, he confirmed, died while thirteen of the remaining positive cases have all recovered, leaving only one positive case.
“So far we have tested over a hundred patients and we’ve only got sixteen that were positive. Two left us, they came in very bad condition as you know. We’ve told you this before. That left us with fourteen. The fourteen positive have all been converted to negative except one. That is the new case that is there with us. So we are blessed by these results and I’m happy to announce”.
He noted that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and that the government is doing a lot to make sure that nobody dies, thereby enhancing the confidence of the people and encourage healthy interaction with the state COVID-19 situation room and emergency response system.
Dr Ukpong lauded the commitment of the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel to ensuring that the State COVID-19 Management team has all that is required to combat the contagion in the state. He also thanked the state-based Respiratory Health expert, Professor Etete Peters, the Chief Medical Director of Ibom Multi-Specialty Hospital, Professor Emmanuel Ekanem and the entire Incident Management team for their dedication to service of the state.
These efforts, he said, have yielded the commendable results so far recorded in the state.
Ukpong urged the media to disregard the speculation that 50 medical workers awaiting testing at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital. He described that as a baseless rumour, maintaining that the one that was actually profiled and met the criteria for testing was taken into isolation and was among last discharged.
He added that he has been having frequent interactions with the Chief Medical Director of the Teaching Hospital and no such development had been brought before him.
He said Governor Emmanuel has performed very well in the fight against the disease, especially judging from the huge number of the index cases and the gradual decline in the numbers, but urged Akwa Ibom people to continue observing the laid down precautionary measures in order to check the spread of disease in the state.
Also speaking, the CMD of Ibom Multi-Specialty Hospital, Prof. Emmanuel Ekanem, expressed satisfaction over the sincerity of Akwa Ibom State Government in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
Allaying fears over adequacy in the rate of testing in the state, Professor Ekanem clarified that COVID-19 tests could not be done based on popular opinion, but in accordance with scientifically determined criteria set out by the NCDC, describing the 99.1% score of Akwa Ibom State Government by the NCDC in contact tracing as unprecedented.