The Cross River State Government has deployed staff in the health sector to various borders in the state to sensitise and test travellers and residents on the global pandemic Covid-19.
The state is surrounding and bounded to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea by Boki, Obanliku, Etung, Ikom, Bakassi and Obudu Local Governments with daily influx of people for various economic and social activities.
Director general, Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, who disclosed this in Calabar, recently, stated that directives had already been given to all heads of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency in the 18 local government areas to deploy staff into various villages especially communities that share borders with Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
The aim, according to Ekpenyong, is to sensitise people, conduct temperature checks and share hand sanitizers.
Ekpenyong said the agency is partnering traditional leaders and community heads in disseminating messages on Covid-19 using traditional media approach which include house-to-house visit, use of town criers, circulation of messages in various languages and peer group.
She said, "The information to be shared include awareness on signs and symptoms, preventive measures which include frequent hand washing with soap under running water, good personal and respiratory hygiene, eating balanced diets and preventing harmful practices like tobacco and alcohol usage.
The director general said Gov Ben Ayade has shown great leadership in constituting the State Emergency Operations Centre, which comprises all stakeholders in the health sector including the Nigeria Immigration Service and other security outfits.
Others are traditional leaders and all concerned groups in tackling epidemics with Covid-19 inclusive adding that "we in the Primary Healthcare Agency have declared operation house-to-house visit and set up surveillance in communities across the state, especially local government areas that share borders with neighbouring countries.