By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Government has disagreed over the news report that five persons have been tested positive of COVID-19 in the state, alleging breach in the test and reporting procedure.
In a press release signed by commissioner for health in the state, Dr. Dominic Ukpong and made available to newsmen, after the meeting of the State Incident Management Committee in Uyo, today (Thursday) indicated a rejection of the report of the suspected cases.
Dr. Ukpong, said the test result was full of irregularities to appeal public confidence and believe, therefore should be repeated with due process followed.
He expressed surprise that the five persons which the test showed as being tested positive of the COVID-19 did not have any symptom of the disease when contacted.
According to Dr. Ukpong, “Akwa Ibom State Government only heard about the test results in the news.
“The Director General of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was not aware of the reported result announcement.
“All 5 reported positive test cases have been contacted and they have showed no COVID-19 symptoms.
“While the tests were being processed in NCDC approved test facilities, all suspected cases were held in isolation.
“Several sample batches have been previously sent for testing from Akwa Ibom State and all returned negative results.
“Owing to the irregularities observed in the testing and reporting procedure, Health Care Professionals in the state have called for an immediate reconfirmation test on the five (5) reported cases while the results should be made public in line with due process.
Dr. Ukpong appealed to the NCDC to ensure that all future tests are conducted following due process in order to maintain continued confidence in the process.
Meanwhile, residents and citizens of the state have been enjoined to remain calm while observing all personal and respiratory hygiene guidelines earlier issued as well as adhere to the social distancing prescriptions.
The Enforcement Committee of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020 has been mandated to see to the full operation of the provisions of the regulations.
The Commissioner assured that the Incident Management Committee in the state will continue to meet on a daily basis to review and analyze the situation while updates will be provided as and when due.