The Honourable Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire has said that Cross River State is now aligned with the Federal Ministry of Health COVID-19 response and has started reporting on the national dashboard as Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) resumed deployment of rapid response teams to provide technical assistance to their Public Health EOC to strengthen their incident management system.
He made this known at the Press Conference on Monday, he said 17 man team of the Federal Ministry of Health that was deployed to Calabar to engage with the Cross River State government in setting up their covid19 response and aligning it with the national response, has returned to Abuja, after a successful mission.
He added that the team had useful interaction with the Cross Rivers State government and were able to address all areas of concern and interest to the Federal Government and also to the Cross river State Government. “The Federal Ministry of Health will encourage and prioritize patronage of locally made commodities which meet the minimum specification.
“We have activated the GeneExpert machine at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital to increase testing capacity in the state and NCDC has resumed deployment of rapid response teams to provide technical assistance to their Public Health EOC to strengthen their incident management system”, he said.
He noted that the intervention of the ministerial team with the Cross River State Branch of the Nigeria Medical Association officials, issues that led to the withdrawal of medical services by the doctors in the State were resolved and the strike action has been called off. “We plan to replicate this success with other States where the need for policy alignment is found wanting”, he said.