"I insist that Cross River State is Covid-19 free", Dr. Edu
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The Chairman of the COVID-19 Taskforce in Cross River State, Dr Betta Edu, insists Cross River State remains a COVID-19 free State.
Dr. Edu, speaking with reporters in Calabar, said that the state had recorded no case of the virus yet
She, however, advised residents to take all precautions necessary to keep safe from the virus.
she said, “While we do not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state, everyone must play their part in keeping safe." View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
She added that this point in time, everyone should be on guard as the virus is at it's peak.
“Remember that soon, the entire country will be opened and people from states considered as the epicentres will come into the state and go out at will, so, we must imbibe the right culture on time."
“Sometimes, we see people in joints hanging out with friends, attending burials, parties, going to places of worship where safety is ignored on the grounds of religion, when asked, they say there is no corona virus in Cross River."
“This wrong mindset that must be trashed immediately, even when Nigeria had just five confirmed cases measures were spelt out and followed. If anything, the situation has gone worse," she added.
This information comes amidst report from the NCDC’s Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Monday, saying there is no State free from COVID-19, unless adequate testing is carried out on residents to validate such claims. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
In other reports, he said that most of the South Eastern States were complacent in with way they handled corona virus, stating that most of the rules and guidelines were not being adhered to by residing people.
There have been recent criticisms on the State over it's approach in tackling the virus. The NCDC have also accused the Cross River State of not doing enough in fighting COVID-19.
The state, however remains firm in it's stand declaring it is COVID-19 free.
The State had also decided to handle the virus issue internally and independently. This might be the reason behind the strong resistance it has faced from the NCDC for a while.