Sunday, 19 August 2018

Ayade set to break another record, begins 72 hours revitalization of weakest PHC in C'river

8kGovernor Ben Ayade of Cross River State is set to break a new record in the health sector as 18 weakest Primary Health Care Centers across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state will be revitalised to United Nations recommended standard within 72 hours in a bid to achieve universal health coverage.

This is contained in a package tagged by the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency as 72 Hours PHC Make over Challenge. The challenge which seeks to revamp the weakest PHC in each LGA within 72 hours as since identified and located some delapitated PHC facilities said to be the weakest in some LGA's across the state.

The DG Primary Health Care Agency, Dr. Betta Edu narrated her ordeal locating a very weak facility in Odukpani LGA. 

In her words, she has this to say; 

"After 5 hours on canoes, speed boat, bikes etc a team from the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development agency sent by Governor Ben Ayade arrives the dilapidated ITO health post which has been adjudge the worst PHC center in Odukpani to assess the facility and connect with the communities who are supposed to be part of the process leading to a 72hrs facelift in that facility which is supposed to serves over 10,000 people".

The project initiated by the Governor to fix the weakest link in the health sector is deeply people oriented and rooted because the large community across the river in Odukpani that have to go to other state to access health care will soon have their health center fixed and equipped to offer quality health services. They also will have their youths gainfully engaged and paid to work at the center and make it functional again. 

Upon locating the facility, the Leader of the team Dr. Betta Edu reiterated the commitment of the government of Cross River State to revitalizing Primary Healthcare Centers in a bid to bring healthcare services to  all Cross Riverians, especially those in areas tagged 'hard to reach'. 

Consequent upon this, a new innovation called "72 hours PHC make over challenge" powered by Governor Ben Ayade,  and midwifed by the indefatigable Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu have taken the challenge.

 After expressing her displeasure over the infrastructural decay of the facility that was discovered in Odukpani, the DG went on to assure the community of a complete make over of the health center that would serve their health needs. According to her, "...for Cross River State to attain Universal Health Coverage, we are determined to take this challenge to the ends of the state – the toughest challenge to make our PHC functional". She therefore, solicits for cooperation of key stakeholders to make this achievable. 

Speaking earlier, a health worker in the facility identified as Mrs. Nkoyo Ntiero Eyibo expressed her happiness for the visit. She said, the facility has attendance of over 300 registered persons while over 420 under five children were given vitamin A during the recently concluded Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week. Mrs. Eyibo later conducted the DG round the facility, showing her leaking roofs, collapsed wards, ceilings and damaged woods as well as the poorly ventilated room which she has converted to delivery room. She said there is a decline in the number of women giving birth at the facility. This she attributed to the poor infrastructure of the facility.

Also speaking, the community Youth Leader, Eyibo Daniel expressed optimism for the planned renovation of the health facility by the administration of His Excellency, Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade, having seen the magnitude of projects being executed by the Governor.

 He assured the DG of maximum cooperation from the community.

NOTICE: Do you have a PHC in your LGA that is in a very bad state?  It's not late... Take advantage of the Governor's initiative and reach out to us immediately!

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