…Says Schools will be going on vacation in a week time

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has stated that there is no need for the closure of schools in the state, given the fact that the schools would be going on vacation in a week time.

The Governor stated this in a broadcast on Saturday, March 21st, while reassuring the people of the state that the Corona virus epidemic is not in the state.

“I want to assure the public that the rumours and false information going around on social media are completely false. For emphasis, let me state here unequivocally that there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 disease in Akwa Ibom State as I speak to you. As a matter of fact, the measures put in place at our Airport is comprehensive and has no parallel anywhere in West Africa”.

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The Governor however cautioned the people of Akwa Ibom  to observe regular hand washing with soap under running water or make use of hand sanitizer where there is no water; Cough/sneeze into a disposable tissue paper or the cuff of the elbow where no tissue is available and properly dispose the used tissue; Put on masks if they cannot properly move away from persons with those symptoms; observe SOCIAL DISTANCING, avoid hand shaking, and keep at least six feet away from anyone who is sneezing or coughing.

 He called to remembrance the symptoms of the COVID-19 infection which includes: fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, general feeling of unwellness (malaise), common cold (catarrh or runny nose, sneezing, cough).

“Anyone with these symptoms should self-isolate and invite our Emergency Response Team for assessment and follow-up. We encourage you to report members of your family or friends with these symptoms to the Ministry of Health. Your report will be held and treated with absolute confidentiality. The Ministry of Health has already provided the emergency telephone numbers for you to contact the State’s emergency team at any time of the day”, he said.

He appealed to Akwa Ibomites and especially, the press, to exercise utmost caution and deep sense of rationality and reflection in the manner they report the global pandemic. “There is no redeeming value in causing panic in the State; there is nothing to be gained by misinforming the public. This disease has no political coloration. It does not and will not spare those to be infected along political lines; therefore, we should put aside our political affiliations and tackle this issue as an existential threat”, the Governor charged.