By Frankie Ifop, Calabar
The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu has said the state Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade is keen to fixing dilapidated Primary Healthcare Centres, PHCs within the next 72hrs across the state.
Dr. Edu made this known last week while assessing a dilapidated Health Post at Ito, adjudged to be one of the worst PHCs in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.
According to her, the PHC which is meant to serve over 10, 000 persons will be given a face-lift in less than 72hrs as promised by His Excellency.
Dr. Betta Edu further said, “The project initiated by the Governor to fix the weakest link in the health sector is deeply people oriented and rooted; because larger communities across the river in Odukpani that have to go to the neighbouring state to access health care will soon have their health centre fixed and equipped.
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“Fixing the health centre will also get the youths gainfully engaged and they will be paid to work at the centre and make it functional again”, she added.
The DG said the commitment of The government of Cross River State to revitalising primary health care centres which will take services to all Cross Riverians, especially those in areas tagged ‘hard to reach’ is put into a golden innovative box called ’72 hour PHC make over challenge’.
Expressing her displeasure over the infrastructural decay of the facility, Dr. Edu assured the community of a make over new health centre that would serve their health needs.
According to her, “for Cross State to attain Universal Health Coverage, UHC, we are determined to take this challenge to the ends of the state – the toughest challenge to make our PHC functional!”, as she solicited for cooperation from key stakeholders.
Speaking also, a health worker in the facility, Mrs. Nkoyo Ntero 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, 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.
On his part, the community Youth Leader, Eyibo Daniel expressed optimism for the successful renovation of the health facility by the administration of Governor 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. Very bad? It’s not late… Take advantage of the Governor’s initiative and reach out to us immediately!