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Cross River government raises alarm over 200% increase on COVID-19 cases

By Tina Agosi Todo, Calabar
11 December 2021   |   3:05 am
Cross River State Government has raised the alarm about over 200% increase in Covid-19 cases in the state in the last two weeks.

Cross River State Government has raised the alarm about over a 200% increase in Covid-19 cases in the state in the last two weeks.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu disclosed this yesterday, when she received the Non-Pharmaceutical donation from World Health Organisation (WHO) in her office in Calabar.

She appealed to Cross River residents to be careful of the new variant, Omicron, saying that there has been an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in the state.

She said, “Cross River State has witnessed an increase by over 200% in the number of positive cases recorded within the last two weeks. Last week alone, we reported 26 new cases as opposed to the usual 4-6 cases on average in a week.

“Following the trends, this was expected as we go towards the Christmas festive season with more visitors flooding into the state to visit their loved ones at the end of the year.”

She strongly advised residents to use their facemask in public places, stressing that continuous disregard would only increase the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner thanked WHO for supporting the state’s response with a facemask that is specifically targeted at the health workers, vowing that it will be distributed across the state to frontline health workers and vaccinators.

The Commissioner, who doubles as the State Chairman of COVID-19 Response Team also disclosed that there are plans to rebuild the state-owned 100-bed isolation centre, which was equipped with highly sophisticated equipment but was destroyed and looted during the #ENDSARS protest in Calabar.

Edu stated, “The private sector Coalition has come together to support us and rebuild, bearing in mind the expected 4th wave anticipated in the country.”

She further explained that the other three Isolation Centres available are in University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, General Hospital Obubra (for NYSC participants), and General Hospital Ogoja with well-trained staff by NCDC to attend to severe cases of COVID-19 while mild cases are to be managed at home by NCDC regulations.

The Commissioner also thanked UNICEF for their support of the COVID-19 mass vaccination exercise.

The donated face masks were immediately distributed to both Primary and Secondary Health Facilities in the State for onward distribution to all health workers especially those in the frontline as well as those who are currently carrying out the Covid-19 vaccination exercise across the State.