No case of cholera outbreak in Cross River – Official 

Special adviser to Governor Bassey Otu on Health, Dr Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, Monday said there is no confirmed case of cholera in Cross River state as reported.

He however stated that the state government has already activated cholera response centres across the 18 local government areas to “ensure prevention, control and care in case it occurs.”

 Dr Bassey, who spoke with Blueprint in Calabar, Sunday, described as misleading the cholera outbreak report, and reiterated that “there is no confirmed case of outbreak of cholera whatsoever in Cross River.

 “As a state that is proactive when it has to do with the welfare of its citizens, we have, together with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, already activated Emergency Cholera Response Centres across the 18 local government areas to ensure prevention, control and care and stop fatalities in case it occurs.”

 When asked on reported low staff strength of some ministries, departments and agencies of government, including the health sector, Dr Bassey said, “it is true that some MDAs are now under-staffed as a result of retirements of many civil servants, the governor is not unaware of this.

 “The government is planning to employ doctors, nurses, lab scientists, pharmacies and other personnel, and at the end of the day, Cross River state would be better. The exercise, when flagged off, would boost the already acclaimed performance profile of the governor and boost the economy.

 “Apart from boosting the already laudable achievements of His Excellency, this would also go a long way to reduce poverty, boost economy, reduce criminality and bring additional sweetness to families with attendant multiplier effects.

 “We know a lot of our youth are on the streets and are looking up to the government to create jobs. Their dreams shall see the light of the day under Governor Otu, but they need to allow government to put things in order as he is doing with infrastructures and things will fall into shape gradually.”