The Akwa Ibom State government said it has seized and buried the corpse of a Coronavirus patient that was smuggled at night from Lagos.
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The state government also said six people involved in the smuggling have been quarantined pending the outcome of their test for the virus.
Dominic Ukpong, commissioner for health, disclosed this on Friday, at a meeting of the State Incidence Management Committee, held at the Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo.
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Ukpong said the corpse was transported in an ambulance from Lagos on Wednesday night, and arrived Akwa Ibom boundaries in the early hours of Thursday.
The commissioner, who is the state’s incident manager on COVID-19, lamented that despite the interstate lockdown and the security on the highways, an infected corpse could be smuggled into Akwa Ibom through seven states.
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“But for the alertness of the police officers posted to our borders, the corpse would have successfully made it to its destination in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area.
“We really appreciate the point of entry team as well as the burial committee that ensured the deceased was committed to Mother Earth on the same day in Ikot Ebidang Village, Mkpat Enin Local government area,” he said.
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He urged residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity that could jeopardise efforts to curb the spread of the disease in the state.