Thursday, 29 March 2018

WHO donates motorcycles to strengthen disease surveillance and notification in C'river state

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has donated 19 motorcycles to Cross River State Government to strengthen disease surveillance in the 18 local government areas.

Dr Tom Igbu the State Coordinator of WHO, made this known at the presentation of the motorcycles in WHO Office in Calabar.

Igbu said the organisation is happy to support Cross River State by donating 19 motorcycles to Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers as part of disease control, elimination and eradication efforts.

According to him WHO is pleased to make a donation toward the state's efforts to further enhance surveillance, build a highly sensitive and robust system to rapidly respond to diseases.

" I hope the motorcycle will go along way to access those hard to reach areas as I look forward to getting a better response and result henceforth from disease surveillance control.

He, therefore, urged the state government to ensure that the motorcycles were put to good use by the surveillance officers and be properly maintained.

Speaking, the Honorable Commissioner for Health Cross River State, Dr Inyang Asibong said WHO support will go along way to enhance disease watchfulness in communities by also ensuring quick response. She lauded WHO for their continuous support to the State on disease surveillance and control while assuring the effective utilization of the Motorcycle across communities.

Also Speaking, Director General of Cross River state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu thanked W.H.O for  supporting Cross River State by noting that His Excellency, Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade is building policies are centered around the less privileged and those in rural areas, this bike  will enabled the State access and respond to villages with highly vulnerable population preventing spread of infectious diseases.

She noted that surveillance served as early warning system for impending public health emergencies.

The Honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong with the support of the DG SPHCDA, Dr Betta Edu later handed over the 19 Motorcycle to Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs).

Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs) play major role in active surveillance through visit to community health facilities and linking with key community informants on out breaks or suspected outbreak of diseases.

DR Betta Edu made everyone present to sing a Happy birthday song to the Honourable Commissioner for Health Dr Inyang Asibong.  Happy birthday beautiful Great woman!