Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel has revealed how the state thwarted plot to smuggle 68 people suspected to have contracted the coronavirus into the state.
The Governor, who gave the disclosure when he received members of the Akwa Ibom caucus in the National Assembly during a a facility tour of the newly constructed Isolation Centre for Quarantine and Prevention of Infectious Diseases in Ituk Mbang General Hospital, Uruan local government area, said the state relied on intelligence gathering to stop the suspected carriers of the virus from entering the state as they sought to take the advantage of the state’s excellent services at its isolation centres.
“I have text messages where people were trying to communicate with their colleagues here and those colleagues encouraged them to move into the state with the assurance that people are better treated here.
“Guess the number they tried to bring in about 68 of them. So you can imagine if they were allowed to come in. So by the time the intelligence got to us, I used the police to block them. In the absence of that, I think so far, the curve has declined drastically.
“Besides the 68, yesterday we got a call from one village in Etinan that somebody sneaked in from another state. The person had symptoms where he was and he just discovered that here people who had symptoms or tested positive are better treated.
” People even enter through water and when they come in, they declare themselves to be having symptoms so we can pick them up, give them the treatment because they are hearing the testimonies and even calling people to see what we are doing: the way we treat people here, the way we feed people here.
“Recall I had already said that where we isolate people should be as good as where any national assembly person should stay. So we have tried to make everybody comfortable” he said.
“So let nobody misunderstand anybody we don’t want people to start loading luxury buses and start spreading the transmission even with that we are still having issues having the longest shoreline.
“I want to assure you that the state government will continue to do more to ensure a better and more robust post-COVID economy” Emmanuel added.