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Chairman of Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Committee and Secretary to State Government (SSG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, has said the state has been making significant strides in case management of coronavirus.

He disclosed at a media briefing that the state has 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus, two active ones, nine discharged and one dead, stressing that the virus was no respecter of anybody and that people should continue to observe and maintain safety procedures.

“In our case management and infection prevention, we have continued to make reasonable strides. As you may be aware, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had acknowledged our contact tracing efforts. We are, however, not resting on our oars. We have continued to go after every suspected case within our domain.

“A concomitant effort to contact tracing is the decontamination of public spaces in our major cities and health facilities, even as we intensify point of entry screening in our air, land, and sea borders across the state.

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He added that the state government has set up a post-economic reconstruction committee to recommend implementable strategies that would help jumpstart the economy of our state.

“We enjoin all citizens and residents to join hands in our fight against COVID19. It’s not the time for the pursuit of selfish interests to the detriment of our collective interest as a people.

Besides, the state House of Assembly has reversed the 2020 Appropriation Law from N597.74b to N195, 6b due to the sharp decline in the price of crude oil at the international oil Market occasioned by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The lawmakers unanimously passed the 2020 Budget Amendment Bill to Law yesterday after receiving a letter from Governor Udom Emmanuel on the need to review the budget to align with current realities.


Culled from Guardian

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