By: Amawu, Cletus Albert Amawu.
The duo of Dr. Betta Edu, honourable Commissioner for Health, Cross River State and Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, Director General, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), were guests of The Verdict, on FAD FM 93.1, Calabar, on the topic: What are the Measures put in place by the Cross River State Government and the supervisory Ministry of Health, to nip in the bud, the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) in Cross River State? A follow-up of a press briefing yesterday in her office.
According to Dr. Betta, the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire,alerted the nation early hours yesterday, that one case has been tested positive for COVID-19, and the index case is an Italian.
And as at today, about 82,000 cases have been confirmed with the death toll exceeded 2,700 and the vast majority is China, and the virus spread to over 48, countries as at today.
“The essence of our appearance and yesterday, Press briefing is to intimate Cross Riverians of Government preparedness and to educate the people of the basic precautionary approaches required to guide against the virus and how best to avoid it’s spread.
To this end, we visited Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) yesterday and we must appreciate both Authorities, hence, they have commenced, screening for all persons entering the State.
COVID-19, are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses sure as common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in 2 to 14days after exposure and includes:
Fever, Cough, and Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.”
She equally said, “Governor Ayade, is living no stone, unturned, and has provided two facility, one, at the Ogoja General Hospital and two, at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), to Quarantine any suspected person while waiting for blood sample taken for test.
“There’s synergy between all stakeholders coordinating with the Supervisory Ministry of Health uptil the EOC. And I must commend, the Army, FAAN and NPA Health Departments for their cooperation and the Federal Ministry of Health,” she concluded.
Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, on her part, advised that, “we must not be despair or panic. Hence, death rate is barely about 0.2% and enumerated preventive measures as key to forstal the virus, now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome CoronaVirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and disease it causes is called, CoronaVirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“Although there is no vaccine available to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, you can take steps to reduce your risk of infection by:
Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren’t clean.
Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items if you’re sick.
Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch.
Stay home from work, school and public areas if you’re sick.
Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or animal organs.
Avoid contact with live animals and surfaces they may have touched if you’re visiting live markets in areas that have recently had new coronavirus cases.”
Dr. Janet, advised Cross Riverians to remain calm and never to panic.