C’River Deserves To Be COVID-19 Free – NCDC

NCDC & CRS officials interacting during the visit.

Omobolanle Olowu, leader of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, delegation to Cross River State has disclosed that the state is deserving of its Corona virus free status.

Olowu who spoke in Calabar during an NCDC verification visit to the state, lauded the state governor, Ben Ayade for showing strong leadership in the battle against the pandemic and successfully keeping it away from the state. She also came clear that CRS commenced response against the pandemic in January at a time other states in the country lived in self denial “The governor was proactive in shutting down borders, screening visitors and suspected cases and initiating the no mask no movement campaign in Nigeria,” she said.

She expressed delight at the level of compliance with the no mask no movement policy of the government, expressing disbelief, she added, “I cannot believe I did not see one person without a face mask from the airport to this office. I guess this explains the results in Cross River State. I commend the state for the great work done. We never knew all these in Abuja. We will tell Mr President all what we have seen. From all I have seen, this is a great response in Nigeria. Cross River has honestly done well. There is a lot to learn from Cross River as best practice for Nigeria. Nigeria should give Cross River State accolades for producing face masks, Face Shield, PPEs in its Garment Factory.”

She equally said the NCDC was also satisfied with the contact tracing, surveillance and testing done so far by the state even as she encouraged the state to do more in that regard. “We are happy that the state has a great working relationship with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. This is Commendable. Governor Ben Ayade woke up even before the rest of the country. He shut his borders and has been working from the front line. Your Governor is a man with foresight who believes in his people and wants to save his people.”

Highlight of the teams visit included the official opening of the 100-bed isolation center in Adiabo.

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