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C’River Primary Healthcare DG, community members fix PHC in less than 72 hours

By Frankie Ifop, Calabar

The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, CRSPHCDA, Dr. Betta Edu with a handful of community volunteers on Saturday put in shape a dilapidated Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in Ito, Odukpani Local Government Area of the state.

The PHC is said to be situated in a community sharing boundary with neighbouring Abia State – where the people suffers a lot to access health care services. Ito on the other hand is a large community surrounded by Atan Onoyom village of Eniong Abatim and shares common boundary with Arochukwu village in Abia State.

The fixation of PHCs in every 72 hours, Dr. Edu said is in line with achieving a Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria before 2030 as Cross River State takes the lead.

The Primary Healthcare Centre CALABAR REPORTERS learnt was serving over 10,000 people, both in Ito in Odukpani LGA and Arochukwu in Abia State.

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Speaking with our Correspondent, one of the community member, Mbora who narrated the condition of the PHC said, “The roof was falling off the Ito Health Centre, both inside and out. The counseling room where women come to discuss family planning, with its mismatched furniture lacked privacy. Everything was wrong about the facility.”

He continued, “The only health facility serving over 10,000 people including Arochukwu residents is the dilapidated Health Centre at Ito Clan with old fallen roof, no windows and doors. It was so bad that the community lost confidence and usage by the community was almost zero.

“But as God made it for us, months after we heard about the launch of a 72-hour PHC makeover challenge led by the Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, we were glad the facility was picked from many entry as the worst in Odukpani.

“The facility is now wearing a new look and people can access healthcare services,” he said.

The 72-hour PHC makeover challenge, our Correspondent learnt is mainly done by community volunteers. Therefore, more than 40 volunteering youths were engaged to help revamp the facility.

In a courtesy call, the Clan Head of Ito, His Royal Highness Edet O. Ebita told Dr. Betta Edu that, “The transformation has been incredible.”

According to HRH Edet, the environment now is more appealing with some equipment and new staff posted. “I am joyous that women, children and everyone in the community will now get the proper health care they need. Words alone are not enough to thank Governor Ben Ayade…we will support him all the way as he seek reelection.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Edu further said the 72-hour PHC Makeover Challenge was designed to repair that trust and help communities access health care. “We mobilise communities and providers to work together to fix what’s wrong.

“The makeover itself may be quick, but months of planning and preparation goes into determining what needs fixing and how it will be accomplished. Together, we determine what the clinic needs and developed a plan to make the changes. We did it in 72hrs!!!”

See pictures of the transformation below…

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