Friday, 20 March 2020

Corona Virus: Eyo Ekpo commends CRSMH, calls on CAN to join the campaign

Eyo Ekpo 

A former Attorney General of the Cross River State and a Gubernatorial candidate in the just concluded Governorship elections in Cross River, Barr. Eyo Ekpo has given the State Ministry of Health a tumps up for its fight against the fast-spreading Covid-19 also known as Coronavirus. 

Ekpo said that the activities of the ministry are commendable as nothing is too small or too big to do in order to avoid the spread of the disease. He also called on the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency, join in the campaign against the spread of the deadly disease. 

Ekpo, who made this known via a post on his Facebook wall noted that 

.I've just read a story and see pictures about what the State Ministry of Health is doing about the coronavirus (Covid-19). This is very good and commendable. Nothing it does is too small, nothing is too much to spread the need to be vigilant about this disease. 

Covid-19 has now taken over our lives. in Nigeria and in Cross River State. 2 or 3 times, an overwhelming number of citizens decamp to churches and spend 2,3,4,5 hours, some the entire day, in one church activity or the other. Many of us live in churches. The State Ministry of Health should please recruit every possible ally in this fight but CAN-Cross River State is a big one.

Clearly, some of the most effective messaging about Covid-19, what it is, how it works and how to prevent and fight it can be disseminated by our churches. So, please, let the leaders of CAN in the State not wait. They should form a medical exam and go NOW to the State Ministry of Health and obtain every piece of information and start messaging to their members about this disease. 

Churches could also identify their members who work in security, health, airports, seaports, waterways and co-opt them to be watchful and join in distributing flyers, posters, etc at these places. 

Lastly, I want to ask if the State Executive Council and the State Security Council have been briefed about the disease and the measures being taken to deal with it. An Exco-level committee including members of the security community, NPA and Nigerian land Waterways (river and seaports are notorious entry points for all sorts of trouble) should be formed and led by the Governor or Deputy to ensure that preventive measures and a sound communication plan are designed and implemented. Money needs to be released urgently to get people and workers trained, equipped and ready.  I hope this was done a while ago but it is not too late to start even today. 

Prevention has always been better than cure, now more than ever. Everyone is a potential victim. May it never come to pass.