The Cross River State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has accused the state government of hiding COVID-19 positive patients. They have also announced the withdrawal of their services from all medical facilities in the state.
The State Chairman of the NMA, Agam Ayuk made the revelation on Sunday, in a letter sent to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.
The association in the letter alleged that five persons had tested positive for the virus at an NCDC-approved laboratory in Ebonyi State, but their results were not been published in the agency’s situation report. The Chairman wondered why the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was not including Cross River in its daily COVID-19 update.
Agam demanded an explanation from the center, while accusing the government of failing in her responsibility of contact tracing, treatment and care for the five (5) confirmed cases.
There has been controversy between the NMA and the state government. While the NMA has reported positive cases of the COVID-19, the government has maintained that the state is free of the virus.
Cross Rivers is the only state in Nigeria where no single case of COVID-19 has been officially confirmed.