- Cross River government has issued a strong warning to those peddling fake news about coronavirus in the state
- The state government urged people to stop spreading false information and warned that anyone caught will be dealt with
- Since Nigeria confirmed its index Covid-19 case, Cross River state has not recorded a single case of the infectious disease
Peddlers of fake news were on Tuesday, June 2, warned by the Cross River government to stop spreading further reports of falsehood, adding that it would act decisively with anyone caught, Vanguard reports.
Though the state has been widely praised by the federal government and health experts for its level of preparation against the virus, some highly respected individuals and groups believe it is too good to be true.
This was disclosed by Dr. Betta Edu, the state commissioner for health. She expressed shock as to why individuals will indulge in falsehood, rumors, and misrepresentation of information just to gather clout or impress the public.
The commissioner while expressing her dissatisfaction with the development said the fear of being tagged coronavirus positive has made people stop coming to hospitals.
She added that health workers have abandoned hospitals out of fear of death as adequate tools have not been provided.
Dr. Edu was quoted as saying: "Why is evil sweet to some people’s ears, why does negative falsehood spread so fast. Why does lies make bigger headlines, It’s so sad to know that our Country is refusing to support a State that has no Corona Virus case to keep it that way but will rather prefer to support you to treat 10000 cases. As a Country, we’ve so magnified/glorified COVID-19 that our Health Workers out of fear have allowed patients with other ailments to die."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Ben Ayade has enumerated some of the strategies used to ensure that Cross River state did not record any case of COVID-19. The governor disclosed this in an interview on Channels TV.
According to him, the state responded quickly to the pandemic by shutting its borders, closing airways, and declaring ‘No Mask No Movement.’
"As soon as we started reading in the papers and watching on Television the impact of the pandemic globally, what we did as a state was to quickly respond to it by blocking our state against the virus. We locked our borders immediately and commenced ‘No Mask No Movement’. We were proactive and we have continued to sustain that," he said.
Similarly, a team of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 which comprises experts from the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC visited Cross River 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.
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