As the world battles with the scourge of Corona Virus Pandemic, more rural communities in Akwa Ibom State have been assured of clean drinking water that is free of germ.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Multilateral & Donor Agencies, Deacon Ndianaabasi Udom intimated this, Wednesday, when he took delivery of heavy industrial water driling equipiment donated to Akwa Ibom State Government by the European Union.
The Equipment which includes one Wegtech Portable Dual Incubators(Micro chemical and physiochemical box), 1 borehole logging system, 2 portable self contained borehole video inspection system, 3 portable water well drig rig as well as computers, servers and large printers for a data centre has been warehoused at the Akwa Ibom Water Company.
The SSA assured the team leader of the European Union, Mr Albert Achten that the Akwa Ibom State Government will swing into immediate action by ensuring that they make proper use of the donated equipment which he said values at hundreds of millions of naira.
He also said that apart from using the Equipment to drill boreholes for communities in Akwa Ibom, the State Government will commercialize the Equipment for revenue generation to the state and for maintainance of the donated items.
The European Union rep also promised to strengthen the operators of the equipment by providing an enabling environment for their training and also providing the remaining items which will further boost the operations of the Data Centre.
The State Project Director, Mr Akaninyene Isok, A General Manager the Akwa Ibom Water Company was also on ground to inspect the donated facilities
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Lagos will soon run out of isolation centres – Commissioner
The Lagos State Government has revealed that if the state continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, it will soon run out of isolation centers. It added that with the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state, only moderate to severe cases will be managed at the isolation centers while the asymptomatic and mild cases will be managed at home.
n a chat with journalists in the state on Friday, the Commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi insisted the modalities for the community based/home-based care will be defined as to who qualifies to be managed at home and who will be managed at the isolation facility. He noted that if Lagos continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, the State will soon run out of isolation centers.
Hence, the need for introducing the home-based care within a week or two. He said the community/home-based management will be introduced to Lagos to reserve the isolation center for the critically ill.
“We will be operating from the primary healthcare centers (PHCs) and that is where we will decide who qualifies to be managed at home or at isolation center. “Part of the condition for being managed at home will be; is the home adequate? “Is the person feeling unwell or having pre-existing medical condition or having difficulty breathing? “The answers to these and more will determine where the person will be treated for COVID-19” The Commissioner stated that though there are plans to recruit more manpower, there are volunteers who are being trained at the moment and will be deployed for the home care management within a week or two. “For the mild/asymptomatic cases who will be managed at home, we will call them, our volunteers/PHC workers deployed for that purpose will visit them, we will ensure they have regular consultation through our telemedicine online care, and we will monitor their progress too. “At the same time, they will be given care packs and medications which includes pain killers and vitamins. “We will also give enough information to the masses on their safety as well as that of their families and neighbors during the home management period.” The health Commissioner further disclosed that there are plans by the state government to increase the capacity of daily test from 1,000 to 3,000 daily He said Lagos has so far done over 22,000 tests, adding that, the more tests are done, the more cases will be recorded, hence the need to quickly plan for more cases.
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