As Akwa Ibom State government battles with daily increase in cases of COVID19 which stands at 796 active cases as at today, the state government has said that it was set to roll out full vaccination of its citizens.
This assurance has become necessary because the state has taken delivery of 63,336 doses of the Modena vaccine thereby encouraging the people to take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated.
This was disclosed by the Secretary to State Government and Chairman, Covid-19 Committee, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, in Uyo yesterday.
He said the state henceforth would ensure strict enforcement of compliance with covid-19 guidelines, assuring that the monitoring mechanisms recently reactivated to ensure strict compliance with guidelines and protocols, shall henceforth apprehend anyone flouting the directive.
Government therefore issued a one hour maximum duration approval for religious gatherings, warning that businesses, worship places and corporate organizations risk shut down if their actors failed 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 therefore 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
“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 roll out 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 Covid-19 facility or use the following help lines 08000275664, 08189411111” he said.