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Coronavirus: “FG failed to provide us test kits” – Cross River Govt

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The Cross River State government has alleged that the Federal Government did not provide them with test kits to carry out samples for Coronavirus.

Commissioner for Health, Betta Edu, made the allegation during a press briefing on Wednesday.

He said the state has 50 sample collection kits for a population of 4.5 million. Hence, the unavailable test kits have prevented them from carrying out sample collection.

Mr Edu said while they struggle to ensure the cases of Coronavirus in the state are well managed, there are only 200 PPE, four body bags and four boots from the federal government.

She also claimed that there is no money to pay the surveillance officers who will go round and look for cases around.

POLITICS NIGERIA understands that the state is one of the two states that is COVID-19 free. The commissioner attributed this to sensitisation by the state government with community leaders, chiefs, traditional rulers, and religious leaders.

“We screened people from China, South Africa and we tried to follow up on them for two weeks to see that they were not infected. Cross River State was the first state to say that its International and interstate borders be shut and for people to come in they must be screened.

“We also make it compulsory for no mask, no movement. These were policies we put on the table and followed them through. The virus does not move but the humans that are infected move, spreading it from one location to the other” she said.

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