Thursday, August 6, 2020

Cross River

    Cross River doctors declare indefinite strike over ‘abandoned COVID-19 patients’

Cross River doctors declare indefinite strike over ‘abandoned COVID-19 patients’

The Cross River chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has withdrawn its services from all medical facilities in the state. Cross River is the only state in the country where any case of COVID-19 has not been officially confirmed. In a letter addressed to Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, on Sunday, Agam Ayuk, state chairman of the association, said the lives [...]

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    Cross River records more COVID-19 cases — but govt yet to admit

Cross River records more COVID-19 cases — but govt yet to admit

Ikpeme Ikpeme, chief medical director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), says five patients tested positive for COVID-19 in the hospital. Cross River is the only state where any case of COVID-19 has not been officially confirmed in the country. In a circular issued on Friday, the medical director said two of the patients are workers in the hospital. He said [...]

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    Ayade: Cross River now in real danger with return of inter-state travel

Ayade: Cross River now in real danger with return of inter-state travel

Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, says he has handed the state over to the federal government as far as COVID-19 is concerned. Speaking on Thursday when he met with members of the COVID-19 task force team, the governor said under his watch, Cross Rivers did its best not to record any case. He said now that the federal government had lifted [...]

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    Despite confirmed case at UCTH, Cross River insists it is COVID-19 free

Despite confirmed case at UCTH, Cross River insists it is COVID-19 free

The Cross River government says it has no record of any COVID-19 case in the state.  In a circular on Thursday, seen by TheCable, Ikpeme Ikpeme, chief medical director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), said a patient tested positive for COVID-19 in the hospital. But in a statement, Beta Edu, the state commissioner for information, said the state has [...]

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    COVID-19 case confirmed at University of Calabar Teaching Hospital

COVID-19 case confirmed at University of Calabar Teaching Hospital

Ikpeme Ikpeme, chief medical director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), says a patient tested positive for COVID-19 in the hospital. The government of Cross River has maintained that the state is free of COVID-19 despite the symptoms shown by some patients in the state. Last week, Godwin Akwaji, lawmaker representing Obudu constituency at the Cross River house of assembly, [...]

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    Cross River lawmaker dies at isolation centre — after showing COVID-19 symptoms

Cross River lawmaker dies at isolation centre — after showing COVID-19 symptoms

Godwin Akwaji, lawmaker representing Obudu constituency at the Cross River state house of assembly, has died after showing symptoms of COVID-19. He was said to have died at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) isolation centre around 12:30 pm on Thursday. Akwaji, who was said to be diabetic, also exhibited fatigue, fever, cough, breathlessness. A family source told TheCable that the deceased [...]

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    Cross River begins production of PPE for pupils ahead resumption of schools

Cross River begins production of PPE for pupils ahead resumption of schools

The Cross River government has begun the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) which will be distributed to health facilities and schools in the state. Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, on Tuesday, unveiled the PPE made at the state-owned garment factory. Ayade, who disclosed that the equipment included face masks, face shields and PPE overalls, said the medical items will be [...]

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    PDP wins Cross River LG polls

PDP wins Cross River LG polls

The Cross River Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) has declared candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as winners of the local government council election in the state. There are 18 local government areas and 196 wards in the state. NAN reports that the All Progressive Congress (APC), Labour Party (LP), Young Progressive Party (YPP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) participated [...]

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    ‘Voters must adhere to NCDC guidelines’ — Cross River fixes May 30 for LG poll

‘Voters must adhere to NCDC guidelines’ — Cross River fixes May 30 for LG poll

The Cross River State Independent Electoral Commission (CROSIEC) says it will conduct the state's local government election on Saturday. Voters will elect 18 local government chairpersons and 196 councillors. The exercise suffered a number of delays, and the last being in March during the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. In a notice, Mike Ushie, CROSIEC chairman, said the process would be a [...]

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    Ayade breaks down in tears as he exempts ‘the poor’ from paying tax

Ayade breaks down in tears as he exempts ‘the poor’ from paying tax

Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, has exempted some persons and organisations from paying tax in the state. Speaking at the inauguration of an anti-tax agency headed by Emma Isong, a bishop, the governor said that it is sad that government which does not meet the needs of the people in many areas still collects tax from them. He said it better [...]

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    Cross River lifts ban on religious gatherings

Cross River lifts ban on religious gatherings

Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, has lifted the ban on religious gaherings in the state. This was contained in a statement issued by the governor on Wednesday. According to the statement, the governor acknowledged the efforts and cooperation of religious leaders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Ayade said he was "conscious of the spiritual economy", and that his action was [...]

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    EXTRA: Ayade appoints 427 new aides — including ‘special assistant on groundnut oil factory’

EXTRA: Ayade appoints 427 new aides — including ‘special assistant on groundnut oil factory’

Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, has approved the appointment of 427 new aides. Christian Ita, the governor's special adviser on media and publicity, announced this in a statement on Monday. He said the appointees include chairmen, members of boards of agencies, and special assistants. One of the appointees include special assistant on groundnut oil factory. In January 2020, the governor approved the appointment of [...]

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    Cross River doctors: We are just 33 in civil service yet the least paid in Nigeria

Cross River doctors: We are just 33 in civil service yet the least paid in Nigeria

Agam Ayuk, chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Cross River, says doctors under the state civil service are the least paid in Nigeria. According to NAN, he spoke in Calabar, Cross River capital, while addressing reporters on the COVID-19 response and the state of the health sector, on Wednesday. Ayuk dismissed the claim that there are 105 doctors in the [...]

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    Ayade asks civil servants to return to work, insists people are safe with masks

Ayade asks civil servants to return to work, insists people are safe with masks

BY EDEM DARLINGTON Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, has asked civil servants from grade level 10 to return to work from Tuesday. This is despite WHO's recommendation on lockdown and social distancing as measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. The governor, a professor of science, gave the directive three days after he said no need for social distancing if people wear masks. In [...]

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    Coronavirus: Ayade asks security operatives to arrest anyone moving without face mask

Coronavirus: Ayade asks security operatives to arrest anyone moving without face mask

Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, has directed security agents to arrest anyone who moves about without the use of face mask, starting from Friday. This is despite the World Health Organisation's (WHO) advisory that those in need of face masks  are sick persons or those looking after them. Although Cross River has not recorded any coronavirus case yet, the governor said [...]

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    Rose Oko, Cross River north senator, is dead

Rose Oko, Cross River north senator, is dead

Rose Oko, senator representing Cross River north, is dead. Oko is said to have died on Monday night at a hospital in the UK after a protracted illness. She was 63. Oko's death is the third since the inauguration of the ninth senate. An associate of hers told TheCable on Tuesday that for the past four weeks, the senator had been in the [...]

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