The Akwa Ibom State government has explained why six patients undergoing treatment of COVID-19 were discharged.
The secretary to the state government (SSG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, said that the six were cleared and discharged from Isolation Unit of the Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo after being confirmed negative from two tests conducted by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Ekuwen told journalists that three of those discharged were from the initial five index cases reported in the state.
He said: “While the five initial index cases in our state were still being attended to by our team of health professionals in one of the isolation centres, additional four samples were sent for testing alongside confirmation test for the initial five cases.
“The test results confirmed three of the initial five cases to be negative, while one of the four new samples tested positive.
“Thus, as we speak, Akwa Ibom State has only three positive cases of coronavirus. The confirmed negative cases were discharged. As you are aware, even before the first five index cases were reported in our state, through the foresightedness of our dear governor, Akwa Ibom had put in place, a comprehensive incident management committee,” he said.