By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
No fewer than 255 persons in Akwa Ibom State have tested positive to CoronaVirus a.k.a COVID-19 within few weeks, Information and Strategy Commissioner, Mr Ini Ememobong has said.
Giving the rise in incidence, the state government has reminded its citizens on the need to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.
According to Ememobong, the implication of such number of positive cases is that the 300 bed space capacity Isolation Centre constructed during the first wave of the virus may soon be overstretched.
But the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong who cautioned on adherence to protocols in an interview on Thursday, however assured that the state owned facilities have not been threatened.
The Commissioner explained that the state owned Isolation Centre was relieved by the different models of homecare treatments, depending on the severity of the virus.
He maintained that spread of the virus could only be curtailed if the people strictly observed all the pharmaceutical measures which include wearing facemask, washing hands regularly and observing social distancing.’’
‘’At the moment, I can confirm that we have 255 persons have tested positive to the virus in the state. They are however responding to treatment.’’
’The virus does not recognise the rich or the poor in the society. It is not proper to assume that it infects some people and leave the rest. It treats everybody the same. So, let us be careful to avoid contacting it.’’ he said
Meanwhile an unconfirmed report has it that some members of Akwa Ibom State Executive Council have tested positive to the virus.
While some of these with severe cases are said to have been sent to the isolation center, others with less severe cases, according to a source who craved anonymity, are being attended to in their various homes.
The source also hinted that other members of the Exco and other top government officials who had contacts with the affected persons have proceeded on self isolation.
Our correspondent reports a palpable fear in the state due to recent death of three prominent Akwa Ibomites and in very close succession.
The fear resulting from such deaths has also led to the rumours that some other prominent persons in the state were either dead or under intensive care.
To repel such fears, friends and close associates of victims of such rumours, some of whom may have been absent from offices, have located such ones in their homes, pose together for snapshots and display them on social media to counter the claims.
In contrast with the intense fear and severity of the effect of the second wave of Covid-19 however, a visit to the University of Uyo, which recently commenced academic activities after almost a year’s strike, revealed a nonchalant attitude to the pandemic as over 90 percent of the students were sighted in cluster and without any form of protection.