Saturday, 4 August 2018

DG pay a unscheduled visit to PHC's in remote areas, calls for behavioural change

Dr. Betta Edu, DG Primary Health Care Development Agency pays early morning & late afternoon visits to PHC's in remote areas in Calabar Municipality

Decries poor handling and maintenance of PHC in Calabar metropolis, call for a behavioral change of PHC workers. 

Worried by the poor maintenance culture of healthcare facilities and services rendered in some primary health care centers across the State Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu on Tuesday embarked on an integrated supportive supervision and inspection of Primary Healthcare facilities in remote areas of Calabar Municipal.

Speaking,  Dr. Betta Edu congratulated Governor Ben Ayade for emerging as the best health pro governor of the southern part of Nigeria while affirming strongly that the effort of the frontline health workers made it possible. She noted that the Governor, his wife, Dr. Linda Ayade, the Commissioner for Health and the entire health team have been putting in an effort to see that progress is made in the Cross River health sector.

According to her Cross River has won for the region but we want to win for the whole country as the best most improved healthcare State in the country.

She said for that to materialize primary healthcare workers on the field must be at their best and ensure that facilities are kept in good conditions to offer quality health services to people as there come through our doors.

Dr. Edu said following the inclusion of basic healthcare funding in the 2018 budget, the State is hopeful that Federal Government will release the fund and for the first time, direct facility funding will begin with monies being transferred directly from CBN to health facilities for development of healthcare.

She assured Cross Riverians that Governor Ben Ayade will continue to take their health seriously by ensuring all Primary health care centers are functional and can offer quality healthcare services to the people when needed.

One of the community leaders,  Mr. Stanley Edet Esq thanked the DG for coming around and wishes the State Governor,  Senator (Prof)  Ben Ayade to stay more than 200 years as the Governor of Cross River State for his giant stride in the healthcare and his life improvement projects for the people of the state. 

Dr. Edu who went round some PHCs in Calabar Municipality was unimpressed with their maintenance culture and inflow of clients except at Primary Healthcare Centre Nsemo where she commended the charge for her commitment.

She observed in some facilities that only two workers were on duty which according to her is the catalyst for a drop in client flow. She said a minimum of staff on duty should be four staff instead of two which is poor for standard services. She urged them to change as the facility cannot continue to be unkept and tattered.

Primary Health Centres visited were PHC Nyahasang, PHC Akim, and PHC Nsemo, PHC borrows pit, PHC Bacoko Nasarawa PHC Ikot Omin, more facilities will be visited soon.