The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Christian Ita has said that 35 American oil workers were denied entry into Cross River State on Monday, 30th March.
The Americans, who were on board an Air Peace flight, were said to be working for the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.
In an interview on Tuesday, the governor’s aide said, “We insisted that they should go back and be properly tested before they could come in. We have blocked our boundaries; so, if they must come in because the Federal Government wants them to come in and do one or two things, they have to be sure that they are free of infections, because prevention, they say, is better than cure.”
He further added that, “they didn’t get to Cross River. They were on the route to Cross River but they were not allowed to land. They went back to Abuja. They were never in Cross River.”
On the other hand, the management of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital refuted reports that a COVID-19 patient was admitted in the hospital.
The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital, Prof. Ogbu Ngim, who spoke on behalf of the UCTH management, said, “This morning we were made to understand that a patient was brought into our Casualty Department who had some upper respiratory tract infections and was coughing. The patient was not sneezing. She didn’t have a fever. She didn’t have any of the symptoms that will say this is COVID-19, but as you know, everybody at this period, even if you have malaria, will think it is COVID-19, which is not correct.”
He stated that steps have been taken to properly examine the sample of the Patient “however, we observed what we call universal precaution and she was taken to the isolation centre. We have followed the universal precaution and it is important to note that before you label a case as being COVID-19, there are protocols to follow. Those protocols are yet to be exhausted; we do not have a positive confirmatory test. As we speak, samples have been taken; we only observed what we call universal precaution in any case,” Prof Ogbu said.