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Despite not having recorded any case of COVID-19 victim, the Akwa Ibom State Government has put in place well equipped isolation centres to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic.The Ibom Specialist Hospital has shown that readiness of the state ,as it boasts of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for combating the virus in the event of an breakout.
The Ibom Specialist Hospital which has 11 Ventilators and Oxygen tanks brings the total number of Ventilators in the state to 19, with 4 at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital and 4 reserved ones at the Government House Clinic.
Speaking on the functionality of the Ventilators, Dr Ekporikpo recalled that a 30-week immature baby kept in it was discharged few weeks ago, who could not breathe from his nose.According to him, “The hospital has a 1500 KV Generator which can power all heavy-duty equipment in the Hospital, including the oxygen plant and we have enough oxygen for supply throughout the state”.
He stated that the new intensive care unit donated by Governor Udom Emmanuel were for severe infectious cases of suspected COVID-19 patients, adding that any suspected case is isolated there, while sample is taken and sent to Abuja for testing.
Speaking on the state’s level of preparedness to arrest any possible outbreak, the Commissioner for Information, Sir Charles Udoh mentioned that the Ministry of Health has set aside an ambulance to ensure the transportation of any suspected case to the isolation centre.
“Moreover, Exxon Mobil has promised to provide 2 more ambulance vehicles to support the state”, he added.
He debunked the rumors that the state was covering up cases of positive cases, stressing that the state has no facility for testing the virus.
“The test for the pandemic is done centrally outside the state. If there is any positive case, those at the NCDC will announce it”, he added.