As part of efforts to check the spread of the Corona-virus, the Akwa Ibom State government said it has distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all health facilities across the state.
The state commissioner for Health, Dominic Ukpong, who made this known yesterday in a statement explained that government has also begun the screening of passengers at the Victor Attah International Airport in Uyo, the state capital.
Ukpong, who emphasised the need for proper hygiene, thorough washing of the hands with soap and running water as well use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers, said a meeting had been scheduled with the committee on health in the State House of Assembly, representatives of the World Health Organisation and other key partners.
He said that in a bid to strengthen and sustain screening of passengers at the Victor Attah International Airport, the ministry of health has scheduled a training meeting with the staff and management of the airport and airlines operating with the state.
Ukpong also disclosed that members of the state emergency preparedness and response committee, key management staff of all public and private health facilities in the state and the 31 disease surveillance and notification officers would also be part of the meeting.
He urged all residents in the state not to panic as the state government that have beefed up the preparedness capabilities since the time the first confirmation of the case in China”, adding that it would use all the resources available at the disposal of the ministry of health to ensure that COVID-19 is prevented in the state.
The health Commissioner advised all health workers to have a high index of suspicion when seeing patients while people should maintain at least 1.5 meters distance between themselves and anyone coughing or sneezing.
“When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease”.
He also enjoined residents to avoid touching eyes; nose and mouth as hand touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.
“Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth from there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick” he noted.