Moments after recovering from a severe COVID-19 attack, the Akwa Ibom State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) , Dr. Nsikak Nyoyoko has commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his efforts in combating the pandemic.

He said “The Akwa Ibom State government, through the Incident Management Committee (IMC) has performed excellently in the COVID-19 response in the state.”

In a treatise personal signed to narrate his ordeal, Dr Nyoyoko who spent 23 days in the isolation facility  affirmed that the  State Government has left nothing to chance in its response to the global medical scare.

“From the well kitted personnel at the isolation center, to the 24 hour power supply, to the free testing, to the free medications, free good food, free hospital stay and care, to the ambulance services, accommodation for high risk volunteers, the call center, the contact tracers and the hard working Incident Management Committee, who meet daily to brain storm on better ways to combat the pandemic.

Dr Nyoyoko who  was discharged few days ago along with 59 other patients said further, “Let me use this medium therefore, to applaud the Akwa Ibom State government, led by Deacon Udom Emmanuel, for the foresight to build a 300 capacity isolation center fully equipped even with a molecular laboratory that can test for Covid 19 as well as many other pathogens.

“This facility would outlive this pandemic and metamorphose into a research and training centre for other disease causing agents.

“As part of the CONGLOMERATE of Healthcare Professionals in Akwa Ibom State, NMA Akwa Ibom State, under my leadership, was at the forefront of requesting for best practices in the management of COVID-19 in Akwa Ibom State.

“Every one would also agree that the Government of Akwa Ibom State, led by our amiable and visionary Governor (Our NMA Healthcare Ambassador) has shown that it is a listening Government.

The NMA boss affirmed that “the State Government has employed a lot of resources into this response and should be commended.

“Testing has now become much improved and more regular as we now have a test center at the newly built 300 capacity Isolation centre in Ituk Mbang General Hospital and will soon have a new test center at Ibom Specialist Hospital Uyo. This has improved the speed of diagnosis of COVID 19 and provided a more efficient response.

“With the current increase in number of positive cases nation wide, the new isolation center will serve and save the inhabitants of Akwa Ibom State.

He warned people of the dangers of the virus, advising on the need to keep to the safety measures prescribed by the health authorities.

On how he was diagnosed of the virus, Nyoyoko said “on Saturday, the 20th of June 2020, I developed some difficulty in breathing and had to be rushed to the isolation center at Ibom Specialist Hospital Uyo, Akwa Ibom State by my beautiful, darling,  ever-supportive and always-caring wife.”

“I was admitted immediately that evening with a temperature of 38.3°c ( after taking antipyretics)  and SPO2 of 97%.

“Two days later, I was confirmed COVID 19 positive but was too sick to cry. I kept hope alive with prayers and family support. My phone became my closest companion.”

He also commended his colleagues and other health workers working at the isolation center for their care, professionalism and positive attitude to work, adding that they held strongly, the tenet of confidentiality, making the inmates feel comfortable and hopeful.

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