- A team of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has visited Cross River state to probe the coronavirus-free status of the state
- The team found out some key factors why the south-south state has not recorded a single case
- Some of the factors include inadequacy of surveillance system, low testing capacity and shortage of personnel
Since February that Nigeria confirmed its index Covid-19 case, Cross River state has not recorded a single case of the infectious disease.
Cross River state is the only state in the country that has no coronavirus case as Kogi state, the other state with no Covid-19 joined the list on Wednesday, May 27 with two cases.
There have been agitations by the Nigerian Medical Association and other stakeholders over the coronavirus-free status of the south-south state as they asked the federal government to probe the situation.
What exactly is happening in Cross River state?
A team of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, which comprises experts from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), visited the state to find out.
Below is a list of what the team found out:
- Cross River has low testing capacity
- Shortage of personnel
- Inadequate surveillance
- Logistical problems
- Poor call centre
During the daily briefing of the presidential task force on Wednesday, the minister of state for health, Dr Adeleke Mamora, said the team's findings at the end of the visit to Cross River revolves around the inadequacy of surveillance system and low testing capacity due to shortage of personnel, The Nation reports.
He also explained that the state of the call centre where people are supposed to call for enquiries is poor.
“Of course, what was also observed was that the call centre is probably not what it should be, as it is still being set up as at that point in time. The situation may have changed now," the minister said.
Concerning the logistical problems, Mamora said Cross River is also having difficulty in shipping test samples to Irrua reference laboratory in Edo state, which is the nearest centre to Calabar.
He, however, said efforts are already ongoing to address the challenges noted in the state.
“For Cross River, we want to commend the Governor for welcoming the team and for the collaboration that took place and better understanding as well," Mamora added.
Meanwhile, there is another unfolding drama in Kogi as Governor Yahaya Bello-led government insisted that the north-central state is still free of the coronavirus scourge, contradicting the report of the two cases confirmed by the NCDC.
Also, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has said it is considering morning, afternoon classes over school reopening.
This was disclosed by the minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba. He said this during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
According to him, the government could not afford to take any costly risk, especially as it regards the safety of pupils and students in the country.
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