The Akwa Ibom State Government has confirmed another new death and three new positive cases of COVID-19 within the week.
Speaking on Thursday in Uyo during an update on COVID-19 in the state, Governor Udom Emmanuel said with the development, there were now two recorded cases of deaths arising from the disease, and six active cases.
He explained that the three new cases recorded were as a result of the ongoing contact tracing exercise in the state.
“On the last laboratory test we conducted on 44 suspected cases, three persons were confirmed positive, while we lost one.
“The patient we lost was a 68-year-old woman who was transferred to the centre, totally unconscious, with multiple serious long outstanding comorbidity.
“And I want to use this opportunity to appeal to doctors, whether it is COVID-19 or not, once the illness is beyond what your experience and facility can carry, seek the help of your colleagues. We would not accept cases of dumping any longer.
“A situation where you bring a patient with total unconsciousness, and a few hours later, the person would just give up the ghost, we won’t accept that any longer,” he stated.
Governor Emmanuel, however, said the state has recorded remarkable success in the treatment of minor symptoms, adding, “Our recovery rate is remarkable. Only God can help the entire world”.
He mentioned that the state government was determined to continue with the provision of excellent medical care, and encouraged Akwa Ibom people to continue to follow all necessary preventive measures.
He emphasized that the restriction on movement of persons and vehicles, as well as interstate transport services, remain intact, and warned that anyone caught, would be detained for 14 days.
“No passenger movement. No motor park should load or offload, else we will keep you for 14 days; except those on essential services such as medicals, food stuff and the media,” he said.