Cross River state government has appealed to donors to assist the state in building three new isolation centres.
Chairman of the Cross River State COVID-19 Fund Raising and Mobilization Committee and Secretary to the Cross River State Government Barr. Tina Bankor Agbor, who made the appeal during the inaugural meeting of her committee with the media in her office in Calabar, said the appeal is imperative considering that neighboring states have recorded positive cases, with neighboring country Cameroon confirming over 1,000 positive cases.
Abgor, who was accompanied by the Secretary of the Committee and Commissioner for International Donor Support, Dr. Inyang Asibong, said the wide distance of local governments in the state from Calabar has made siting isolation centres at Ogoja and Obanliku necessary.
She disclosed that the greatest challenge facing the state is trans-border entry and that the government is determined to upscale strict monitoring of the borders, maintaining that the border closure is not meant to stifle the state’s relationship with neighboring states and Cameroon, but to prevent the spread of the virus into the state.