Sunday, 1 March 2020

Coronavirus: Gov. Ayade to be screened at the airport upon arrival


The governor of Cross River State, Sir, Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade who had been on a working visit to Belgium is billed arrive the state this week will be screened for the fast-spreading disease called Coronavirus at the Margaret International Airport upon arrival.

This was contained in a press briefing by Dr. Betta Edu, the state commissioner for health who addressed the press in Calabar at the weekend. The commissioner noted that the state government after he was briefed on phone about the first registered case of the deadly disease in Nigeria, has agreed to submit himself for screening upon his arrival in Calabar.

 "We have spoken to the governor and he has accepted to be screened once he arrives in the state. We are leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in our dear state.", she said. 

For Dr. Edu, the governor's acceptance to be screened upon arrival is another exemplary leadership virtue and a demonstration of the premium he places on the health of Cross Riverians, and as such would not want anything to compromise it.

The Commissioner disclosed that security personnel and health officials have been deployed to all points of entry to ensure that everyone coming into Cross River is properly screened for COVID-19. According to her, the measures are geared toward checkmating the spread of the disease in the state.

She commended the governor for the massive support that has enabled the state ministry of health to come up with proactive approaches and develop the capacity to respond rapidly in case of any incident of the virus in Cross River.



Do you know that that 

Globally, there are over 82, 294 cases as at 28th February and the figure is expected to go up

In China there are 78, 230 recorded cases while the death toll recorded have reached 2, 804

The disease is currently in 48 countries 
With Algeria and Nigeria on the list as the only African countries with the virus. 

What To Look Out For
1. Fever
2. Cough
3. Sneezing
4. Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath 

Report when you see anyone with such who have been to any of the 48 listed countries

How to Stay Safe

1. Maintain a High level of personal hygiene 

2. Wash your hands regularly

3. Wash hands with sanitizers that contain alcohol 

4. When you sneeze do it with a tissue.

5. Do not come in contact with animals that are infected. 

6. Avoid spitting around or coughing into the air. 

Don't fail to report to any medical facility around you when you see anyone with such signs for immediate attention.

This information is from the Cross River State Ministry of Health