THE Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu, said that the state has reviewed the compliance level of COVID-19 protocols and will punish those who violate public health guidelines, as part of its determination to forestall an outbreak of the disease in the state.
The Commissioner, who is also the chair person of the COVID-19 Response Team, said in Calabar that all modalities have been put in place to achieve the objective.
According to her, the necessary legislation has been passed by the State Assembly and assented to by the governor and the necessary judicial processes activated.
Edu explained that the executive partnered with the State House of Assembly to pass the bill for public health safety during pandemics or outbreaks, and “the law stipulates very hard sanctions for persons who violate public health guidelines in the state.
“Enforcement has received a boost from the judiciary which has provided mobile courts across the state where offenders can be tried on the move.”
She emphasized that despite the fact that the state enjoys a COVID-19 free status, the government is not resting on its oars but has scaled up training of health workers in line with approved standards.
The commissioner also disclosed that the Cross River State government has “commenced massive screening for persons at border communities and areas of interest using the antigen RDT method that has 100 per cent specificity and 95 per cent sensitivity.
“Furthermore, we will commence training for head teachers and principals of schools working with the Ministry of Education to prepare them for school resumption which might happen anytime soon.”