Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
Following the recent update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, confirming five COVID-19 positive cases in Cross River, the state government has promised to do a follow up on the samples that returned positive between the ones sent by the state government and the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu disclosed this to TNN during a telephone conversation where she stated that the state has sent many samples since the activation of a testing centre in the state at the Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Hospital, Calabar.
“We have uploaded and we are still uploading the cases we have since Thursday. So we need to do a follow up with the NCDC to know which one of them is reflected.
“We have been testing since the centre was activated on Thursday at Lawrence Henshaw Memorial hospital, so we need to know which one that reflected as we’ve been sending and uploading our results”, she said.
Edu further said the COVID-19 taskforce had returned to the streets to ensure that residents abide by the health guidelines brought up to curb the spread of the virus.
She said “with our findings at the Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Hospital, we have to start to create awareness again. And as long as religious bodies will obey our guidelines, we will allow them to operate”.
She also confirmed that the team sent to the state by the presidential task force on COVID-19 arrived at the state capital on Monday night. Speaking on their mission she said “they came in with SON and NAFDAC to access our face shield if they can order for the entire primary health care and our PPE’s for health workers in Nigeria. So, NAFDAC will work with SON to ensure that we get all the certifications”.
The commissioner noted that the team also came with an immigration officer and other federal government agencies. “We are meeting to ensure that the Nigeria Immigration Service steps up their actions at the Cameroon borders”, she clarified.
The presidential task force on COVID-19 had on Monday sent a 17 man team to the state to supervise and investigate the COVID-19 testing laboratory in the state.