CoronaVirus: Gov Udom Emmanuel Addresses Akwa Ibom, Gives update | Talks on the number of people affected | Whether or not the state should join the Federal Government’s directive on schools closure | Gives Safety tips

The coronaVirus pandemic which has taken the world by surprise has had some governments scampering for solutions and preventive measures. One of such proactive governments is that of Akwa Ibom state. It is funny that in a country where the President is yet to give his official address on the issue, Akwa Ibom has joined a few other states like Lagos (where the case is alarming) in briefing her citizens.

It could be recalled that just yesterday, the Nigerian Universities Commission gave a direct order to all universities across the country to shutdown for a period of one month. This necessitated the press briefing and statewide address which the governor made this morning.

Governor Udom said in a statewide radio broadcast on Saturday morning that there is no reported case of COVID-19 disease in Akwa Ibom State.

Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state said that due to the Coronavirus pandemic there are no plans to close down schools in the state.

The governor also stressed that the steps placed in place at the state airport to curb the spread of the virus into the state are robust and have no counterpart in West Africa anywhere.

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He appealed to state residents to strictly stick to protective measures so that they don’t contract the virus.

The administrator, speaking, said: “I want to advise that we can all adhere to the basic rules of personal and respiratory hygiene: daily hand-washing under running water with soap.

  1. Usage of hand sanitizer where water is missing.
  2. Coughing / sneezing into a disposable tissue paper or elbow cuff where no tissue is necessary and where the tissue used is properly disposed.
  3. Put on a mask if you can’t step away from any person with these symptoms properly and or offer a mask to wear to the person.

It is also important to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING, avoid handshaking and keep away from anyone who is sneezing or coughing, at least six feet.

I would like to remind you of some of the infection’s signs that include: fever, cough, Sore throat, breathing difficulties, general feeling unwell (malaise), common cold (catarrh or runny nose, sneezing, cough).

Anyone with these symptoms will isolate themselves, and invite our Emergency Management Team to assess and monitor. WE advise you to report those symptoms to the Ministry of Health to family members or friends. Your submission will be held with full confidentiality and analyzed. The Ministry of Health has already given emergency phone numbers for you at any time of the day to contact the state rescue team.

Despite the aforested steps, we agree that there is no need to shut down our public schools, which should be closed in a week’s time.

I urge you to go about your normal duties.”

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