Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency on Monday during the launch of Local Government Health Authorities, launch of Minimum service package, maternal and child emergency in all PHC and communities and Dinner Award Night In honour of His Excellency, Senator Prof. Ben Ayade as the best performing healthcare Governor in the country and Prof Ivara ESU for his unprecedented support to Excellence in health care especially Immunisation. The Wife of Governor Dr Linda Ayade was also awarded as an Icon of Healthcare in Nigeria occasioned by her unprecedented support to primary health care revitalization.
The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor and Chairman Immunisation Taskforce in Cross River State , Prof Ivara Ejemot Esu read riot act to all health workers noting that henceforth the will be held accountable for every death occurring in any Primary Health Center or Community in Cross River State.
According to him, it is a very significant night in the last four years in the health sector where labor and hard work is rewarded. He noted that Dr Betta Edu has performed beyond expectations and therefore deserved a promotion as the second term of the administration begins on 29th May, 2019.
He also lauded the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong for her good work in repositioning of healthcare in Cross River State to great heights.
Also Speaking, the solution architect of Cross River State, Rt. Hon John Gaul Lebo who received an award of excellence said domestication of primary healthcare in Cross River State was to make quality and accessible healthcare closer to the people in grassroots. He noted that the was no better recipient of the award than sterling healthcare workers who provide services even in time of crises and communal war.
While receiving an award of honour, on behalf of the state ministry of Health as best supporting MDA, Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong describe the performance of Cross River State healthcare delivery as phenomenal especially in reducing maternal and newborn mortality, HIV prevalent and quakery. She lauded the recipients for their steadfast and commitment to healthcare delivery.
Earlier Speaking, Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu who was equally honoured with Award of meritorious services and sterling performance said the essence of the night gathering was to honour those who have sacrificed their effort, time and energy for the betterment of primary healthcare in Cross River State and to officially inaugurate the Local Government Healthcare Authorities with the declaration of maternal and child emergency in all PHC and communities.
According to her the award cut across those who died in active services (post hummus award), best performing retirees, Primary Healthcare Coordinators with best sterling performance, best PHC performing Local Government Area, Best Healthcare worker, Best Agency Staff and management staff, Most supportive development partners and supporting HOLGA in Primary Healthcare.
His Excellency, Senator Prof Ben Ayade later unveil and launched the Cross River State Minimum service package for Primary Healthcare and inaugurated the local government health authorities Directors.
Development Partners such as UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, ECEWS, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Pathfinders were all given certificate of appreciation for their support and drive to the improvement of primary healthcare in Cross River State.