There is no case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Cross River State, Commissioner for Information Akin Ricketts said yesterday.

He was reacting to a rumour in the social media that an EVD patient was being treated at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) Teaching Hospital.

In a statement, Ricketts said: “Consequent upon the unsolicited but unfortunately rife rumour about the existence of an EVD case in Calabar, the government wishes to set the records straight. There is no EVD case in the state.

“This heinous rumour is being peddled in the social media by some unscrupulous facebook users and this has started creating panic among residents.

“Please rest assured that the Ministry of Health, which is coordinating the Cross River Ebola Response Team, the authorities of UNICAL Teaching Hospital and other stakeholders in the health sector have confirmed that there is no Ebola case in Cross River.

“The government urges residents to disregard this rumour and continue to enjoy the prevailing peace and tranquility in the state. We urge residents to go about their daily routine and warn users of the social media to be mindful of the information they spread, as the government will not hesitate to take necessary actions against anyone found involved in the spread of such falsehood.

“Residents are encouraged to observe basic hygiene and precautionary measures stated by the State Ebola Response Team, as this would go a long way in curbing the spread of this disease.

“We assure residents of the government’s commitment to ensure that Cross River remains free of Ebola.”

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