By Chioma Onuegbu – Uyo
Akwa Ibom State authorities has known as on the Federal Government to see the necessity to set up an Infectious Disease clinic for the South-South area.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong who made the decision on Friday whereas briefing newsmen on the replace of COVID-19 pandemic, confused that coastal states are most weak to illness outbreaks due to their lengthy shore line.
Ukpong added that states could not have what it takes to display screen individuals who sneak in from neighbouring international locations like Cameroon via the waterways and even bush paths.
He disclosed that Health Commissioners of the BRACED fee states simply held a essential assembly in Delta the place they took far-reaching determination as they have an effect on the area together with the COVID-19 pandemic.
He confused, “This was essential due to the peculiarity and vulnerability of our location, with International Airports and Long shoreline in addition to Multinational firms which usher in a number of international nationals.
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“We have outlined strategies of collaborative support for one another to safeguard the region from entry and further spread of infectious diseases”
The Commissioner nevertheless described as utterly false and outright mischief, the viral social media experiences about some Chinese and Coronavirus within the state.
Ukpong who famous the dedication and proactiveness of presidency in direction of stopping the illness, confused, “For emphasis, let me state right here, categorically and unambiguously that there isn’t any confirmed case of COVID-19 Infection in Akwa Ibom state as I converse to you.
“There isn’t any redeeming worth in inflicting panic within the state, there’s nothing to be gained by misinforming the general public.
“This disease has no political coloration. It doesn’t and will not spare those to be infected along political lines; therefore we should put aside our political affiliations and tackle these issues as an existential threat”