Cross River state government has appealed for funding from the federal government to enable it shut the borders with Nigeria’s neighbour, Cameroon, because of coronavirus.
There has been no confirmed case of coronavirus in Cross River state. Meanwhile, Cameroon has over 1,000 confirmed cases.
“We are at the pre-COVID-19 state and we don’t have the same needs as other states. All states should not be treated same,” the head of the Cross River state COVID-19 Response Taskforce, Betta Edu, stated this Tuesday in Calabar, while briefing reporters.
“Our need, for the time being, is not a 300 bed Isolation center or 100 ventilators, what we need is funding to completely shut our borders to Cameroon with over 1,000 cases and (other Nigerian) states that have recorded many cases.”
Edu, a medical doctor, is also the commissioner of health in Cross River state.
She said the Cross River state government is spending millions of naira daily at the borders – paying security task force, vigilante, community youth and others to run shift daily – to ensure people do not cross the borders into the state from Cameroon or other Nigerian states.
She said the cost and the burden of securing the borders is becoming too huge for Cross River and, therefore, there is an urgent need for the federal government to give the state some financial support.
She stated that Cross River is hiring 1,000 health disease surveillance and notification officers to do active case search in communities.
“The logistics for them to go round, their daily allowances and all of that has a huge cost on government and so we urgently need financial help,” she said.
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