There is no COVID-19 case in Cross River, we have no cases and no need to hide anything about it, Gov. Ben insisted that it has nothing to gain by hiding cases of infections in the state.
Gov. Ben Ayade made this revelation while briefing with reporters and members of the state COVID-19 Response Team at the Government House, Calabar on Thursday earlier today.
“If you have the virus and bluff not to have it, you will only have mass deaths in your state,” he said lauded the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for contending that only Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test can verify a positive case of COVID-19 in spite of pressures from several sections claiming they have the test kits.
“As a state, we were the first to lock down our borders. we took quick action when coronavirus started in Lagos, we blocked everywhere and was seriously watching. Records have it that Cross River is the only state that invested over 100 vehicles for effective manning of its borders and we even went beyond that by generating facemasks, shields and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“So for some people to doubt the credibility of our COVID-19 free status is to suggest that all the efforts of the state were not seen and all the measurements and guidelines we put in place were not effective, I doubt.
“At this juncture, the state has been assigned to the Federal Government; all our boundaries are now opened, ensuing the lifting of the ban on inter-state activity by the federal government.
“Residents of the state must know that we no longer have control over our boundaries, and everything is now going back to normal, we have relinquished to the domination of the federal government and opened our borders,” Ayade said he added:” Cross River that is COVID-19 free will now have an avalanche of cases, I see it coming, therefore, with this message, it means our response team would be back on the road because as long as our boundaries are opened, our eyes will be open.
“So, as a resident of the state, if you think by easing lockdown, you are now safer, no, now you are more in danger, this is the time for you to commence a personal lockdown.”
Ayade, however, thanked the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC for being a great example, playing a professional and technical role and given a world-class response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
Dr Betta Edu, Chairman of the state COVID-19 Response Team, thanked all the government appointees who came all out and helped in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Edu also commended officials of the state Garment factory who were exceptional in the production of facemasks, shields and Personal Protective Equipments (PPE).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor also gave a cash donation of N30 million to the state COVID-19 Response Team in appreciation of its efforts in the fight against the virus in the state.