Akwa Ibom state government has said that it has received only little support from the Presidential Task Force and Nigeria Center for Disease Control in the fight against the spread of deadly Coronavirus in the state.

Chairman of COVID-19 Management Committee and Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem made the disclosure while receiving the NCDC team on an inspection tour in the state.

According to him, the state government was doing everything regarding the fight against COVID-19 alone without support from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the NCDC.

“We’ve received very little from the NCDC and the PTF. What you’ve seen in all the places you visited are from the vision of His Excellency, the Governor and the resources of Akwa Ibom. This is because the governor believes that we can’t have an ailing and sickly population. So, take our words back to the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force that Akwa Ibom people are doing a lot on their own and that we need a lot of support and encouragement from them,” Ekuwem said.

He explained that the state has already taken the necessary measures, including the acquisition of medical equipment to hospitals in the state even before the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

Ekuwem who expressed appreciation for the work the agency and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 were doing for the nation, commended Governor Emmanuel for his support to the COVID-19 Incident Management Committee in the state.

The State Incident Manager and Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong reaffirmed the commitment of doctors and healthcare workers in the state to defeat the dreaded virus in the state

Earlier, Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, commended Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel for being proactive in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the state, describing the Emergency Operations Centre in the state as one of the best in the country.

Ihekweazu, who gave the commendation on Saturday when he led NCDC officials and a delegation of World Health Organisation to the state to inspect facilities on ground for the containment of coronavirus, said he was satisfied with facilities the state has put in place, noting that the facilities have really helped in curtailing spread of the disease.

He said the aim of the visit was also to advise, identify areas of support and help the state invest its resources well for the protection of Akwa Ibom people against the pandemic.