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Akwa Ibom government rejects test result, seeks repeat of screening for suspected cases

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Akwa Ibom State government has rejected results of the five cases released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Coronavirus as it affects the state, thereby seeking immediate reconfirmation test on suspected cases.

It, therefore, insisted on a repeat test of the suspected cases, saying the government learnt of the result in the news.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong stated this yesterday in Uyo, noting that the development was a breach of the test and reporting procedure and that Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chike Ihekweazu, was not aware of the result as announced.

“Sequel to the news report about the positive testing of five hitherto suspected cases of COVID -19 in Akwa Ibom State, we wish to state that we observed a disturbing breach in the test and reporting procedure.

“All five reported positive test cases have been contacted and they have shown no COVID-19 symptoms. While the tests were being processed in NCDC approved facilities, all suspected cases were held in isolation.

“Several sample batches were previously sent for tests from Akwa Ibom State and they all reported negative. Owing to irregularities observed in the testing and reporting procedure, Health Care Professionals in the state have sought immediate reconfirmation test on the five reported cases,” the statement reads.

It said results of the repeat test would be made public, following due process, adding that health care professionals in the state have appealed to the NCDC to ensure that all future tests were conducted following due process to maintain continued confidence in the process.

“Residents and citizens are enjoined to remain calm, while observing all personal and respiratory hygiene guidelines earlier issued, as well as adhere to social distancing prescriptions.

“The Enforcement Committee of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations 2020 has been mandated to ensure full operation of provisions of the regulations.

“The Incident Management Committee will continue to meet on a daily basis to review and analyse the situation, while updates will be provided as and when due,” the statement added.


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