By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State Government has announced plans to distribute relief materials to low income earners in the state to cushion the effects of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020 on the people.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Emmanul Ekuwem who stated this in a press statement in Uyo made available to journalists, said the materials include rice, garri, flour and other essential food items.
Dr. Ekuwem explained that a disbursement committee would soon announce the disbursement modalities directly to all villages in the state.
“This mode of disbursements to village will enable trickle down to give succour to all and sundry”, adding that all items to distributed are produced within the state.According to Dr uwem, the state government was working round the clock and deploying every available resources at its disposal to ensure that the situation is under control.
Similarly, government has so far procured and distributed large numbers of PPEs and other requisite tools and equipment to relevant health care institutions in the state.
Construction work has commenced on a-300 bed Isolation Centre in Ituk Mbang to complement existing Isolation Centres in Ikot Ekpene and Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo while a situation room manned by more than 50 medical experts has been set up
The SSG hinted that all 5 reported positive test cases of COVID 19 in the state earlier taken in isolation custody are hale and hearty while awaiting the conduct of a reconfirmation test.
“Even though, they have not shown any noticeable symptoms, they are under close observation by a team of specialized medical experts.
“The Incident Management Committee has continued to intensify efforts at contact tracing following standard medical procedures. So far no downstream infections have been recorded”, Dr Ekuwem stated.
He advised people of the state to note that while Governor Emmanuel is leading from the front in the fight against the pandemic threatening our state, it’s imperative for residents and citizens to remain law abiding and fully observe the lock-down order as contained in the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020.
Residents and citizens are also enjoined to continue to observe all personal and respiratory hygiene guidelines earlier issued and adhere to the social distancing prescriptions.
The Incident Management Committee has continued to meet on a daily basis to review and analyse the situation while updates are provided as and when due.