- The Cross River government has finally aligned with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19
- This was revealed by the minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire at the PTF briefing on Monday, July 13
- According to the minister, the decision of Cross River was as a result of a successful trip by a 17-man federal team
The Cross River government has finally aligned with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and allowed for testing in the state.
This was revealed by the minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire at the PTF briefing on Monday, July 13.
According to the minister, the decision of the Cross River government was as a result of a successful trip by a 17-man federal government team to Calabar, the state capital to meet with health officials in the south-south state.
Also, the state has subscribed and started reporting to the national dashboard.
Cross River governor, Professor Ben Ayade has repeatedly claimed openly that the state is COVID-19 free.
The state, before now, was the only Nigerian state without any confirmed case of the dreaded virus.
Ehanire said the interaction with the Cross Rivers state officials was useful and the team was able to address all areas of concern and interest to the federal government and also to the Cross River state government.
His words: ‘‘The federal ministry of health will encourage and prioritize patronage of locally made commodities which meet the minimum specification.
‘‘With this successful constructive engagement, I am pleased to report that Cross River state is now aligned with the federal ministry of health COVID-19 response and has started reporting on the national dashboard.
‘‘We have activated the GeneExpert machine at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital to increase testing capacity in the state and NCDC has resumed deployment of rapid response teams to provide technical assistance to their Public Health EOC to strengthen their incident management system.’’
Ehanire said Nigeria has now carried out 183,294 COVID-19 tests, 28,296 of them within the week since his last briefing.
He said the high figures within the past week compared to the previous weeks, suggest an increase in the pace of testing but also in infection incidence.
He said the strategy is to be replicated in other states of the federation, while efforts will be made to increase bed space at state levels.
Recall that Godwin Akwaji, the lawmaker representing Obudu constituency at the Cross River state House of Assembly, recently died after showing symptoms of COVID-19.
The lawmaker died at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) isolation centre around 12:30 pm on Thursday, June 18.
Akwaji, who was said to be diabetic, also exhibited fatigue, fever, cough, breathlessness - major signs of the dreaded virus.
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