Home » Akwa Ibom, Latest Politics, State News » A’Ibom Govt. intercepts 68 suspected COVID-19 patients at border

A’Ibom Govt. intercepts 68 suspected COVID-19 patients at border

Gov. Emmanuel preaches love, unity @ Easter

Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State

Sunday Bassey
Akwa Ibom Government says it has intercepted 68 suspected COVID-19 patients at the border, invading the state.
Gov. Udom Emmanuel made the disclosure when he played host to State Caucus of the National Assembly in Uyo on Sunday.
According to the governor,  they tried to bring in about 68 of them. So you can imagine if they were allowed to come in.
“We got the information on time, so I used the police to intercept them; apart from that, I think so far, the curve has decline drastically,” he said.
“The intelligence gathering approach is deployed by Akwa Ibom Government to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The approach has paid off for the state as the technique has enabled us foil the attempt of 68 suspected COVID-19 patients invading the state,” Emmanuel said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Assembly members were in the state for a tour of the newly constructed Isolation Centre at Ituk Mbang.
The Isolation Centre was for Quarantine, Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases located within the premises of  Methodist General Hospital, Ituk Mbang in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.
The governor said that it was gathered that the suspects mainly from distant states were liaising with their collaborators within the state to come into the state.
Emmanuel noted that they wanted to take advantage of the robust healthcare system designed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
According to him, the graph of the spread of the virus has taken a downward curve indicating a sharp decline in recorded cases of the virus in the state.
“I have text messages where people were trying to communicate with their colleagues here and those colleagues encouraged them to move into the state with the assurance that people are better treated here,” the governor said.
He also said the suspects attempted to enter the state through unconventional borders and were apprehended.
“Yesterday,  we got a call from one village in Etinan Local Government Area that somebody has sneaked into the state.
“People even enter through water and when they come in, they declare themselves to be having symptoms so we can pick them up for treatment because they hear testimonies and even calling people to confirm.
“Our Isolation Centre should be as good as where any national assembly person should stay. So, we have tried to make everybody comfortable,” Emmanuel said.
He decried attempts by people trying to invade the state, despite agreement reached at the Governors’ Forum that inter-state borders should be closed to passengers’ movements in the meantime as a measure to limit the spread of the virus.
“In terms of boundaries we are observing what every state in Nigeria is observing, it was agreed at the governor’s forum that we should restrict inter-state passengers movement for now until announced otherwise.
“So, let nobody misunderstand anybody,  we don’t want people to start loading luxury buses and transmit the virus, even with that we are still having issues because of our long shoreline,” he said.
He, however, assured that the state government would continue to do more towards ensuring a better and robust post COVID-19 economy and medicare  in the state.
Sen. Christopher Ekpeyong, representing Akwa Ibom North West, who spoke on behalf of the Lawmakers, said the state representatives in the National Assembly were proud of the State Governor and commended his drive towards mitigating the Coronavirus in the state.
Ekpeyong, the leader of the delegation, expressed delight at the progress of work at the new Isolation Centre.
He commended the proactive disposition of the governor in healthcare matters, stressing that God placed him on the saddle for times like this as he had been imbued to salvage the state from the the pandemic.
NAN reports that the Lawmakers donated N5million to the State COVID-19 Management Committee to help in the fight against the spread of the pandemic. (NAN

Short URL: http://newnigerianpolitics.com/?p=55548

Posted by on May 18 2020. Filed under Akwa Ibom, Latest Politics, State News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

PDP gives Obasanjo 48 hours to clarify his statement on Atiku


Emefiele’s fate over presidential ambition in the hands of CBN’s board of directors – Buhari


Browse Latest Politics

Featuring Top 5/4316 of Latest Politics

2023: Atiku insulted Wike – Gov Ortom

Browse Africa & World Politics

Featuring Top 3/2204 of Africa & World Politics

Browse National Politics

Featuring Top 5/1207 of National Politics

Prepare for revolution in Nigeria – Archbishop Chukwuma

Browse NNP Columnists

Featuring Top 10/1505 of NNP Columnists

Why I dumped PDP, withdrew from Presidential race – Peter Obi



Nigerian-born American-trained Engineer, Rangtiem Hoomkwap, creates revolutionary online platform for global artists


May 2020
« Apr   Jun »

© 2022 New Nigerian Politics. All Rights Reserved. Log in - Designed by Gabfire Themes