Posted by News Express | 28 April 2020 | 1,164 times
By BASSEY ANTHONY, Uyo
Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel has declared the 1,800 bags of rice sent to state by the Federal Government as palliative in the face of COVID-19 lockdown as unsafe for consumption.
Describing the bags of rice as ‘customs bonded rice’, Emmanuel said he will subject the rice to scientific test to ascertain whether such should be distributed to the people of the state.
The Governor, who spoke during a press briefing in Uyo on Monday, said he had strong reservations against distributing a food item that has shown serious signs of decay to residents.
“For the relief materials from Federal Government, we got 1,800 bags of custom bonded warehouse rice. That gift is not good for me to distribute to my citizens. We have sent it for test, but it doesn’t look good enough for consumption,” he said.
Presenting an overview of efforts so far made in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, Emmanuel said: “We are experiencing what the entire world has never experienced before, so no one can truly boost of experience. Covid-19 has never happened before so everyone is learning to manage it.
“But despite this, Covid-19 met us prepared as if we knew. 100 percent of the equipment at Ibom Specialist Hospital, including the 13 ventilators were bought before Covid 19”.
“We have set up additional isolation centre in Ibom Specialist hospital, with oxygen and everything. Bought an additional 1,500KVA generating set for Ibom Specialist hospital.
“We have a modern digital, functional situation room for every single test analysis and close to 50 medical experts who are manning these”
“As at today, everyone in Akwa Ibom who has met the criteria of case management in accordance with NCDC guidelines, has been tested. I challenge anyone who has experienced COVID-19 symptoms and has been refused testing, to come out and say so,” he said
Emmanuel pledged to do everything within his powers to keep Akwa Ibom and residents safe.
Emmanuel assured that he will continue to do everything possible to invest more in the health sector, stating the state has 407 medical doctors and 2000 nurses to help in the fight. (The Nation)
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