Udeme UTIP, Uyo
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) results has revealed that 50 additional persons in the Akwa Ibom State tested positive to Covid-19 as at Friday, 54 on Saturday, and 8 on Sunday.
Observations reveals that residents in the state have discarded all COVID-19 protocols and guidelines hence the spiking of the number of positive cases.
It was gathered that despite the state owned private COVID-19 laboratory, the State Government was only testing people based on contact tracing of those persons known to have been in close proximity with COVID-19 positive cases.
In Government Ministries, Departments and Parastatals and other offices, emphasis on the use of COVID-19 safety protocols have been minimized.
Most worrying and threatening is the clustering of students in strategic spots within campuses of tetiary institutions especially around the love garden by Prefabricted 49/50 building; University of Uyo.
About 80 percent of the students who made use of their facemasks had them on their chins, possibly to avoid being denied access at the gate, but once inside the school premises, the face masks disappears from their faces entirely
Responding to this, the Student Union Government (SUG) President, Emmanuel Akpan, who spoke with our correspondent said it would be difficult to strictly follow the COVID-19 protocol.
“Looking at the situation on campus, we might not be able to follow strictly the compliance of COVID-19 guidelines, but the little preventive measures is necessary,” he said.
The case is however different in public secondary and primary schools as water for hand washing and hand sanitizer were available at the entrance of the schools gates.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Church Monitoring Team on COVID-19 in Uyo, Mr Enobong Uwah was contacted, he said following the success of the initial monitoring exercise in Churches, the committee handed over the responsibility of ensuring compliance to the Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN).
He said, “Having sufficiently monitored it the first time, and having also desired that there was compliance, we handled it over to CAN to continue to monitor their members.
“But at the moment and following the second wave, the committee is now working on something to come up with guidelines for Churhces and other public places.
“We will reactivate the COVID-19 implementation committee. The committee took a decision in conjunction with CAN and we would call a meeting with CAN for them to know that Churches are not complying with the directives,” he stated.
All across the states, even in hotels and entertainment centres, the emphasis on the use of face masks, hand sanitizers and washing of hands have greatly reduced.
Speaking on the possibility of a second lock down following the spike in positive cases, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong said there were currently 300 active cases, adding that a second lockdown is the last option on the table.
He however advised citizens to comply with the safety measures put in place.
“There are 300 active cases and the lockdown is consequential,” he said.