Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Team arrived Cross River State earlier today to asses the state’s zero COVID-19 status.
The Commissioner for Health, Cross River State, Dr. Beta Edu told NCDC team that the state had been proactive before the first case was recorded in Nigeria on February 27th, 2020.
Dr. Edu stated that Cross River started very early in terms of proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Edu said, “It should be noted that Cross River was the first state to start the no mask, no movement policy, we blocked all borders too, very early and we were carrying out drills twice a day and later reduced it to once a day as part of proactive measures.
“We want to make it known that we are not at loggerheads with the Federal government or NCDC we are just protecting the interest of Cross Riverians.
“We are partnering with UCTH and all medical and para-medical associations including
However, The Team Lead of the 7 man team, Dr. Omobolanle Olowu described the proactive measures by the Ayade led administration as swift adding that it could be the reason why the State has remained COVID-19 free till date.
She said: “There was a lot of anxiety before coming to Cross River, but I am glad we were given a warm reception.
“We are surprised at the level of work that has been put in place so far, all the people we saw were all on nose masks with different teams at various points in the state.