…Reiterates govt’s commitment to improve healthcare delivery
The Cross River Commissioner for Health, Dr Janet Ekpenyong has reiterated government’s commitment to improve health care services in the state.
Dr Ekpenyong made the commitment during an unscheduled facility tour to Ogoja local government area in order to assess staff responsiveness and commitment to duties as well as identify critical areas to improve upon.
She applauded the management and staff of General Hospital, Ogoja for their coordination and professionalism in rendering health services, including maternal and child health services.
According to the Commissioner, the General Hospital, Ogoja is one of the busy and improved health facilities which constantly has the Ayade’s midas touch and a model for many facilities in the northern senatorial district due to its effective and uncompromising leadership over the years.
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She said the quality and confidence of pregnant women within the zone in the utilization of the facility is reflected on the antenatal records as well as the children vaccination records which average an excellent scorecard for the region.
The unscheduled visit which coincided with the facility’s antenatal clinic day gave Dr Ekpenyong the opportunity to interact with and educate pregnant and nursing mothers on the various demands for a healthy childbirth.
She urged them to maintain good and optimal dietary care, regular exercise and prompt medical checkups to avoid complications which may arise from pregnancy and childbirth.
She also encouraged them to deliver in the health facility so that they can be attended to by a skilled birth attendant.
Responding, the Chief Medical Superintendent, Dr Ben Ajogbor congratulated the new commissioner over her appointment. He acknowledged her role in the standardization of the state health care system while serving as Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
He said the appointment of Dr Janet Ekpenyong was welcomed with a resounding cheers as her competence and dedication to duty is unmatched. He described her achievements in the health sector as unparallel.
Dr Ajogbor also promised to effectively deliver on the gains recorded in the facility in order to complement the efforts of the state Governor, Senator Ben Ayade in making healthcare affordable and accessible for all.