The Nigerian Medical Association, Cross River State department, has warned the state authorities towards the opening of non secular actions.
The affiliation additionally referred to as for extra testing of suspected individuals within the state.
Governor Ben Ayade had introduced the lifting of ban on non secular gatherings after about two months attributable to COVID-19 outbreak.
Ayade mentioned he made the choice after plea from non secular leaders.
Reacting to the lifting of the ban, the medical affiliation urged the state authorities to evaluation its coverage, saying the rule of thumb for the reopening of worship centres goes towards the social distance guideline.
The group mentioned, “Our concern is that the order stipulates the variety of worshippers to be restricted to the sitting capability of the church/mosque.
“The regular sitting capability of most worship centres doesn’t permit for bodily distancing of a minimum of one metre that reduces the chance of transmission of COVID-19.
“We advise that this policy should be reviewed, taking into cognisance physical distancing and local peculiarities of various worship centres.”
Frowning towards the low variety of exams carried out within the state, the medical affiliation mentioned the Cross River State Government presently had no listed NCDC designated Molecular Laboratory Testing Centre in progress or accomplished on the NCDC Molecular Laboratory Network.
It added that the one obtainable NCDC Laboratory catchment for Coronavirus testing for Cross River State is at Irrua, Edo State.
It added, “Irrua is about 447.9km (7h 50min) from Calabar when in comparison with Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, one other testing centre that’s 188.9km (3h 17min) from Calabar, which additionally shares a boundary with Cross River State.
“The current state of affairs makes pattern transportation very costly and cumbersome occasioned by restrictions in interstate motion.
“We use this medium to name on NCDC to vary the testing centre of Cross River State from Irrua to Abakaliki.”