Cross River Govt Argues Covid-19 Status In The State:

The Indigenous hospital’s management had said the state may not be free from the coronavirus infections, the state government, however, thinks twice.

The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and the Cross River State Government have disagreed over a patient that tested positive in the state.

According to a memo seen by Channel TV on Thursday by UCTH Chief Medical Director, Professor Ikpeme Ikpeme, the hospital confirmed a patient tested positive with Covid-19.

Ikpeme added, “With recent development, it does appear that the state may not be free of COVID-19 pandemic as generally believed.

“A recent rapid test carried out on a patient came out positive; the patient had recovered and was discharged from our Isolation centre last week,”

However, Dr.Betta Edu, the State Commissioner For health doesn’t disagrees the information.

“index COVID-19 case can only be confirmed with Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) and not the antibody Rapid Diagnostic test kits which the NCDC had said has very low sensitivity and specificity, therefore, should not be used for COVID 19 diagnosis,” Edu said.

“As a state Government we have commenced an investigation into this case and we will get back to the public with our findings.

“All efforts to identify and isolate suspected cases will be encouraged but we denounce any attempt to label CRS COVID-19 Positive using a rapid antibody testing methodology. For now, Cross River State has no confirmed case of COVID-19!” Dr. Edu said.

She appealed to the Federal Government health authority to help the state in its fight against the deadly disease.

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