Akwa Ibom state government says it has spent up to N3billion to fight COVID-19 in the state.
Governor Udom Emmanuel made the disclosure while speaking during his regular live citizens’ feedback program, ‘Governor Udom Speaks’, streamed on both electronics and social media platforms across the globe, on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital.
According to him, in order to ensure that Akwa Ibomites can access the best health care, three more containers filled with medicals equipment and supplies have been acquired and delivered to the State.
Government is ensuring that both suspected and confirmed cases are fed and treated free of charge throughout their stay in the hospital, all 43 cottage and general hospitals have been provided with basic Covid-19 training and kits to improve the handling of cases before they are transferred to Isolation Centers. In addition, a new PCR laboratory has been completed and is awaiting the NCDC certification.
Also, assorted food items have been procured for the second round of palliatives distribution to the very poor across the 31 local government areas of the State. Government is building a new oxygen plant at the Isolation Center, Ituk Mbang that would attend to 300 patients simultaneously, as well as building a state-of-the-art toilet tissue factory and others.
The Governor announced that his administration intends to up the ante in providing accessible and affordable medicare to Akwa Ibom people everywhere in the State.
“My target is that we have 49 functional ICUs before we leave the office. Recall that I said while revamping some of our hospitals that ‘ there could be a condition where 30 minutes reach to hospital matters’, lo and behold coronavirus came!”
He disclosed that the State has entered the stage of community spread, appealing to citizens to protect themselves and comply with government safety protocols at public places and social events.
“We are at a stage of community transmission, and what that means is that you must protect yourself. At this moment, everything is important. Don’t ignore even a sore throat. Don’t wait to realise that coronavirus is real when it is too late”. He said.
He, however, cleared the air on recent updates by NCDC, saying since the pandemic hit the country, the State has recorded just seven deaths of those who tested positive to the virus. He admitted that there has been an additional 4 deaths recorded since the last interview, but not on a single day.
“It is not as if they all died in one day, but it is just because that is the time that NCDC decided to update its records. All those cases were brought in to our facilities when their conditions were very bad”.
Speaking further on the new PCR laboratory, he said it will boost testing. “I am glad to inform you that the State has activated the second PCR lab and it is 100% ready. We are only awaiting NCDC certification. So be rest assured that we will soon step up the testings in the State. Now that we have a second laboratory, we will have more testings carried out”. He promised.
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