Indications are that facilities at the 300 bed space isolation center constructed by the Akwa Ibom State Government for Covid-19 patients early 2020, may soon be overstretched due to increasing number of positive cases recorded in The state on daily basis.
Recent record as released, reveals that no fewer than 255 persons are positive of the scourge and housed in the center at Ituk Mbag near Uyo.
To curb further spread, the State Government has reminded her citizens on the need to adhere strictly to Covid-19 protocols.
The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong who bared the mind of Government on the issue Thursday has however assured that the state owned facilities have not been threatened.
The Commissioner explained that the 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 precoutionary measures which include wearing facemask, washing hands regularly and observing physical distancing.
‘’At the moment, I can confirm that we have 255 persons that 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 maintained.
It is on good authority that some members of Akwa Ibom State Executive Council have tested positive to the virus.
While those with severe cases are sent to the isolation center, others with less severe cases are being attended to in their various homes.
However, some members of the Exco and other top government officials who had contacts with the affected persons have proceeded on self isolation.
It is obvious that the is palpable fear in the state due to the recent death of three prominent Akwa indegines at close succession even as there are speculations that some prominent persons in the state were either dead or under intensive care in some health facilities.