…..We are COVID-19 free, all 4 cases were negative

…..We have distributed over 10,000 hand sanitizers, over 5,300 PPEs

…..We are distributing 1million face/nose mask

By Ike Uchechukwu, Calabar

The Cross River State Commissioner for health, Dr. Beta Edu has disclosed that over 44,000 households will benefit from the state’s food bank that will distribute food in all the 18 LGAs of the state.

Dr. Edu made the disclosure during the COVID-19 response team briefing with Journalists on Friday in Calabar.

She said that the state was adopting the WHO register developed under the YESSO programme that has about 44,000 households captured in it.

Her words:” We are working out modalities to ensure the effective delivery of food items to households in the state.

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“Gov Ayade had already purchased food items worth over 200 million during the last Northern Festival (Northfest) which was properly stored, the food item will be distributed to the households and we are purchasing more to add to what we already have.

“We have also contacted NCC to get data of CrossRiverians who cannot afford to recharge up to 1,000 naira in a month, we are cross-referencing it with what we have in our database to make sure we really get to the real people in the state, who need this intervention,” She said.

Speaking further, she affirmed that there was no suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case in the state.

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She said that all the four samples taken to Irua in Edo State, came out negative adding that all speculations were unfounded and false as no suspected or confirmed case has been recorded in Cross River.

“The samples were taken to Iris, Edo state all came in negative and we are COVID-19 free and we pray that our status remains the same.

“Cross River state is unique being that we are bounded by Akwa Ibom, Benue and Cameroon all with confirmed cars and some death. Our number one strategy is prevention and we are scaling up.

“The negative status of the state is very expensive for us to maintain at this time and Cross River state is unique because we are bound by the state who have reported cases.

“We are bound by Akwa Ibom, Benue and even Cameroon that has 360 confirmed cases and eight deaths, we are appealing to the federal government to help us because of our peculiar position,” she said.

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