COVID-19: Cross River Govt Kicks Against Stigmatisation, Urges Residents To Get Tested

Channels Television  
Updated September 21, 2020
A health worker carrying out tests on some specimen



The Cross River Government has kicked against stigmatisation of people with COVID-19 stating that the disease is not a death sentence, rather residents should make themselves available and get tested.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu stated this on Monday while sensitizing the residents of Yakurr and Abi Local Government Areas of the state.

Dr. Edu stressed the need for community leaders to get involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, ways to prevent the disease, and preventable deaths adding that testing centers have been established in both communities.

Dr.Edu, also said beyond COVID-19 there is a need for health system strengthening and health promotion in communities, “pregnant women and children should seek care at health facilities, parents should be encouraged to take their children’s immunization routine seriously, use of insecticide nets and other preventive health methods must be ensured”.

The commissioner noted that the state government is starting the implementation of Ayade care in no distant time where vulnerable people in Yakurr and across the state will be covered for free while others are expected to register and pay 1000 Naira monthly to be part of the revolution in achieving Universal Health care.