Excitement as Ayade commissions health facilities in Yala communities
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
In line with its vision of upgrading healthcare facilities in communities across Cross River State, Governor Ben Ayade, Tuesday, commissioned an ultra modern comprehensive healthcare facility in Uchu and Yache communities of Yala local government area of the state.
Speaking during the commissioning, the governor restated his commitment to health care, adding that the huge investment of his administration on healthcare services was a prove of the priority government attaches to health care delivery.
Represented by his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, the governor said the state would actualise a 100 percent scorecard in the ongoing 2020 National Immunization Plus Days exercise, and would also implement all national health policies of the federal government.
While noting that government presence would be felt in all communities irrespective of their location, the governor said: “we assure you that there would be more development in this part of the state, and it is on this fact that this place has been chosen for the establishment of Cross River’s most sophisticated and comprehensive healthcare facility.”
He, therefore, charged the people to make good use of the commissioned facility as well as take part in the immunisation exercise.
Also speaking, the Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, lauded the governor for his passion and selfless interventions especially, for people in the hard-to-reach areas of the state.
She said establishment of the facility in those communities was to curb indices of mother and child mortality, and therefore, admonished members of the community to make use of the facility for their health needs.
“I want to appreciate members of this community for their support and a huge turnout for the commissioning of this ultra modern and comprehensive healthcare facility. As you all know, our dear Governor, Senator Professor Ben Ayade, has invested hugely into this project. He is championing the actualization of Universal Health coverage through intervention works such as this and the social health scheme christened ‘Ayade care’ with enrollment to commence soon across the 18 LGAs.
“I want to plead with our mothers and care givers to ensure that all our children benefit from the ongoing national immunization exercise to kick polio out of our state, and also I urge you all to make this facility your first point of call so we can reduce the incidence of mother and child mortality.”
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, lauded the community for their cooperation with government particularly during the construction phase of the facility, and enjoined them to prioritise the facility to attract other interventions.