COVID-19 Delta variant: Non compliance to precautionary measures worries Akwa Ibom government

The Akwa Ibom State government has expressed worry over the non-compliance to COVID-19 precautionary measures recommended by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC in the state.

It added that the surge in the Delta variant currently in the state is due to the lukewarm attitude of people in observing the protocols earlier established, saying that such has made the control of the pandemic difficult in the State.

The Secretary to State Government and Chairman, Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Committee, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem who observed this in a press briefing on Thursday in Uyo said the monitoring mechanism would be reactivated to ensure full compliance.

Dr Ekuwem said the government has issued a one-hour maximum duration approval for religious gatherings, warning that businesses, worship places and corporate organizations risk shutdown if their actors fail to comply with the directives.

“It has since been confirmed by NCDC that the Delta variant of covid-19 virus found in other parts of the country is in our dear State and that would partly explain the rapid increase in the number of cases in the State because of its high infectivity rate.

“It has become imperative that we take actions to rein in the spread of the infection in the state. We have however noted, sadly, that the necessary precautions and guidelines earlier recommended are hardly being adhered to by most people thereby jeopardizing our health and making the control of the pandemic very difficult.

“All COVID-19 monitoring mechanisms have been reactivated to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.
Enforcement teams shall henceforth apprehend anyone flouting this directive. Businesses, worship places and corporate organizations risk shut down if not compliant with the directives. ”

Dr. Ekuwem also disclosed that the state has taken delivery of 63,336 doses of the Modena vaccine emphasizing readiness for the immediate full rollout of vaccination of its citizens as the state is currently battling with 796 active cases of the infection.

“Just yesterday the state took delivery of sixty-three thousand three hundred and thirty-six (63,336) doses of the Modena vaccine as part of its effort to combat the pandemic. Full rollout of vaccination commences immediately. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated and protected against the virus.

“The vaccine is safe and effective. It shall be available at designated areas in Uyo and PHC Bases in the different LGAs.

“Government shall henceforth enforce compliance with covid-19 guidelines; Religious houses (churches and mosques) should run at half capacity and services should last not more than one (1) hour.

“Hotels, sit-outs, clubs, schools, transport companies, supermarkets, Banks, pharmacies should all ensure compliance with all Covid-19 preventive measures in their facilities.

“Report any suspicious symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty in breathing and body pains and weakness to the nearest CPVID-19 facility

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