Residents of Calabar and its environs have been notified to be more vigilant due to the invasion of public health facilities in the state capital by vandals. This is contained in a release from the state Ministry of Health. See excerpt below:

The public is now aware of the indiscriminate break – in by vandals masquerading as #EndSARS protesters who invaded public and private properties in Calabar between Friday 23rd and Monday 26th Oct, 2020. During the attacks, the Dr. Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Hospital (former IDH) in Calabar South, the CRS Essential Drug Program (EDP) premises on Barracks road, and the CRS COVID 19 treatment center in Tinapa (Adiabo) where amongst properties invaded and destroyed by the looters. Equipments and furniture, some containing patents’ samples for Tuberculosis (TB), HIV and COVID 19, were either carted away or spilled in the rubbles that they left behind. The public health implication of this is understandably huge.

After due assessment of the affected sites, the following has become urgent:

  1. There is increased risk of disease outbreak in those who took part in the looting activities especially in the listed sites, their neighbours or anybody who may be within close range at the contaminated sites.
  2. The ministry has ordered immediate decontamination of the affected sites and the close environments.
  3. Members of the public are advised to follow all the earlier established protocol for COVID 19 and respiratory route infections such as hand hygiene, use of face mask, and restriction from crowded areas.
  4. An arrangement has been made for free testing for the listed disease (TB, COVID 19 and HIV). Exposed individuals and others who desire to know their status should proceed for free testing and treatment at the General Hospital, Calabar located along Mary Slessor road.
  5. Kindly report any unusual cough, fever or any abnormal presentations to the nearest public health facility (hospital) for proper medical care.

Government is working round the clock to restore public healthcare services in the affected places.

Signed: Dr Betta Edu
Hon Commissioner for Health, CRS.

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