The Cross River State Government yesterday accused the Federal Government of not supporting the preventive efforts which have made it the only state without any recorded case of COVID-19.

Health Commissioner Betta Edu told reporters in Calabar that the state has “done its best to prevent COVID 19, and all that we get is pressure and knocks.”

Edu who doubles as Chairman of the State’s Covid-19 Response Team added: “Maybe we should withdraw our team from our borders. Maybe we should step back and begin to reel out figures in thousands to please some people and be politically correct.”

“It is said that the federal government is refusing to support a state which is doing everything to prevent COVID 19, and instead insinuating we are covering things up.”

He pleaded with the federal authorities, particularly the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to support prevention.

“Prevention should be your pride and not your shame. We hereby leave our fate in your hands,” she said.

She said the secret behind the state’s achievement was embarking on sensitization early and putting a structure in place before the first recorded case of the disease in the country.


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