Commissioner for Health and state COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr Dominic Ukpong, Updating the press on the situation of the pandemic in the state, said the discharge followed two negative test results recorded by the patients as required by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Dr Ukpong, who had briefed the press last week on the receipt of five results of the thirty samples sent to the NCDC for testing, announced the receipt of full result with only one testing positive.
He, however, solicited the anonymity of the discharged patients to be maintained as demanded by them.
In his words, “following the last 30 cases that we sent for test, the final results came out yesterday and I’m glad to inform you that out of the lot, only one case came positive the rest were negative. So what we have done today is to discharge those patients that we were testing for the last time and we have just discharged them. Many of them, essentially all of them will like to be anonymous.
“ I don’t want to publish their photographs, we don’t want to give their names, but they have just been discharged”, Ukpong stated.
The Health Commissioner affirmed Akwa Ibom State has so far tested over a hundred persons, out of which it has recorded only sixteen positives. Two of these, he confirmed, died while thirteen of the remaining positive cases have all recovered, leaving only one positive case.
“So far we have tested over a hundred patients and we’ve only got sixteen that were positive. Two left us, they came in very bad condition as you know. We’ve told you this before. That left us with fourteen. The fourteen positive have all been converted to negative except one. That is the new case that is there with us. So we are blessed by these results and I’m happy to announce”.
He noted that COVID-19 is not a death sentence and that the government is doing a lot to make sure that nobody dies, thereby enhancing the confidence of the people and encourage healthy interaction with the state COVID-19 situation room and emergency response system.