COVID-19: 90% Recovery, 2.8% Death Rates Due To Gov Emmanuel's Dynamic Approach - Commissioner

The Akwa Ibom government has attributed the high recovery and low death rates in the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) cases to the evident-based and dynamic approach adopted by the administration.

 The commissioner for health, Prof, Augustine Umoh, made the remark when he played host to the members of Course 43 Armed Forces Command and Staff College(AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State on a case study in the ministry, Tuesday. According to him, since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state the Akwa Ibom emergency Response has been well-coordinated with critical infrastructure provided and healthcare professional catered for optimum performance.

 Umoh maintained that currently there were 323 reported cases across 18 local government areas of the state with Uyo, the state capital, being the epicenter of the outbreak.

 The commissioner said due the effective management of the pandemic, the state so far has recorded 90 per cent recovery rate and case fatality of 2.8 per cent, representing 293 recoveries and nine deaths.

 "Following the outbreak, the state government inaugurated the Incidence Management Committee(IMC) for COVID-19 in March 29, 2020 with 15 -team pillars saddled with the responsibility of planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring of activities concerning the pandemic, he said. 

 He stressed that the state government in its dynamic approach established two modular diagnostic laboratory equipped with Polymerase Chain Reaction(PCR) machines each at the Infectious Disease and Control Hospital with 300-bed isolation centre in Ituk Mbang, and at Ibom Multi-Specialty Hospital, Uyo. 

 The don further said that the Governor Udom Emmanuel led administration established a state-of- art Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) containing a situation room, headed by the state epidemiologist and members comprising of multi-sectoral representatives from the State Ministry of Health, Hospital Management Board, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and partners; JAPIECO, Family Health International(FHI-360) as well as representatives of professional bodies. 

Umoh informed that of the cases, males of 30-40 years were the ones mostly affected and that on admission, patients with general medical condition such as; diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS and Sickle cell diseases, among others were taken care for. Still on the care for COVID19 patients, he explained that they were usually treated in the hospital or at home if asymptomatic or mildly asymptomatic with designated visiting home care physicians to review and offer medications.

 He listed some of drugs for administration to include: low dose aspirin, dexamethasone, azithromycoinvic, lopinavir/ vitonavir, hydrochlorine, amoxicillin/clavulanic acid Besides, the commissioner stated that to attain the level, a lot of training programmes for capacity building had been organized for medical doctors,pharmacists, nurses, laboratory scientists, directors of primary healthcare centres, as wells as carrying out public enlightenment and dissemination of information on the COVID-19. 

 Umoh observed that the theme of the Senior Course: "Pandemic and National Security: COVID-19 in Perspective, was apt as both has symbiotic relationship, being that an unhealthy member of any group would put the entire team in jeopardy.

 Earlier, Brig. Gen. Basil Adonkie the coordinator of the team said the exercise was designed for the students to gather information for the completion of their study at the college. He stated that the ministry of health being a critical stakeholder in the exercise would provide the team with useful information on how the state tackles the pandemic to record low infection and fatality rate as well as challenges faced as a result of the disease.

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