Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Coronavirus: C'River Health workers deployed to border towns, hard-to-reach areas, others

Health workers in the market sensitising
Cross Riverians in a remote village 

Ukorebi Esien | 25 March 2020

CRSG Story 

The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, CRSPHCDA, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong has disclosed that health workers from the state have been deployed to mount border towns, remote villages and hard-to-reach areas in the state to sensitize and screen travellers and residents on the global pandemic called Covid19.

Dr. Ekpenyong disclosed this in Calabar stating that directives had already been given to all 18 LGA Heads of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency to deploy staff into various villages especially communities that share borders with Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea to sensitize people, conduct temperature checks and share hand sanitizers.

She said the agency is partnering with Traditional leaders and community heads in disseminating messages on Covid19 using traditional media which include house to house visit, use of town criers, circulation of messages in various languages and peer groups. 

The information to be shared include Awareness on signs and symptoms, preventive measures which include frequent hand washing with soap under running water, good personal and respiratory hygiene, eating balanced diets and preventing harmful practices like tobacco and alcohol usage.

"Our Governor, Senator Professor Ben Ayade, has shown great leadership in constituting the state Emergency Operations Centre which comprises all stakeholders in the health sector, the Immigration service and other security outfits, traditional leaders and all concerned groups in tackling epidemics with Covid19 inclusive." Ekpenyong informed. 

"For us in the Primary Healthcare Agency we have declared operation house to house visit and set up surveillance in communities across the state, especially Local Government Area who share borders with neighboring countries. Before now, our Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers had engaged in a down ranking training of staff in the LGA's, and all of our health workers have equipped themselves with information and ways of managing the Covid19 pandemic, they are all in the field today to sensitize our people on ways of living a healthy life and prevent practices that will compromise their immunity."

Dr Ekpenyong had earlier stated that Cross River State remains Covid19 free with compliance to self submission for testing and temperature check. She commended the governor for leading by example by submitting himself for temprture check which the state executive council followed suit. 

Photo Gallery of heath workers deployed to border towns and remote areas