Nigeria’s Youngest Commissioner for Health and National Chairman of the Nigerian Health Commissioner’s Forum, Dr Betta Edu is finally getting older as she clocks…
Ma, I have neither silver nor gold to offer you on your birthday, but I must join your well-wishers to congratulate you. I prepared this piece as my golden gift on your well-deserved birthday. You have made me believed once again that, age is not a barrier, you have attained the height of a golden leader.
Dr Betta Edu believes that, one can still be outstanding even in the midst of elders, regardless of experience, size or exposure.
For the record, Dr Betta Edu is the youngest member of the Governor Ben Ayade’s Executive council, yet she is one of the most outstanding and active commissioners across the state.
As young as she is, she has bagged countless numbers of awards, recognitions, recommendations and lots more. Imagine where she would be few years to come. Just like it is popularly said “Age is just a number”
Dr Betta Edu is one of the Nigerian most outstanding woman who has been relentless and diligent in her calling and has created impact which has distinguished her among the women.
For many who have not gone through her achievements, we would give a highlights and chronicles the success recorded so far under her watch as the then DG CRSPHCDA and as the Health Commissioner.
These achievements are worth celebrating and becomes necessary to pinpoint the areas which have been.
Dr Betta Edu Achievement’s in 2020
*. Fight Against COVID-19: Following Betta Edu’s relentless efforts and that Of the state Governor, Ben Ayade, Cross River State was among the last states in Nigeria that recorded coronavirus cases.
*. Renovation of Obubra General Hospital
*. Commissioning of Yache Primary Health Care
*. Betta Edu has positively touched so many lives.
Dr Betta Edu’s Achievements in 2019
*Renovation/Commissioning of PHC Idiba, Calabar South
*Completion of PHC Kakum, Obudu LGA
*First ever Award Night where VIPs including the state Governor were given Awards with the Sen Ben Ayade being awarded best Pro-Health Governor in Nigeria
*CRS emerging number One in open defecation free state
*Second phase of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE)
*CRSPHCDA collaborating with Nigerian Army 13th Brigade to stop Lassa Fever
*Fight for CRS to attain Universal Health Coverage achievable before 2030
*Ongoing employment of 1000 health workers to be published soon
*Cash/material donations to PHC especially those in rural areas
*Cash/material donations to malnourished children and widows.
*Commissioning of newly renovated PHC Big Quo
*Representing CRS government in Germany for Global Citizen
*Free eye surgeries as CRSPHCDA partners FCMB, TULSI foundation were 38,458 surgeries were completed
*Yearly payment of school fees for Adadama Students
*Building/Commissioning of PHC Bebuabie in Obudu LGA
*Building/Commissioning of PHC Bebuagbong in Obudu LGA
*Provision/Commissioning of Portable drinking water for PHC Etim Asam in Akpabuyo in partnership with Akwa-Cross USA
*Building/Commissioning of PHC Benuatsuan in Obudu LGA
*Sorting out of Hospital bills of poor mothers, less privilege persons and aged men and women
*Building/Commissioning of PHC Ipong in Obudu LGA.
*Various cleaning of strategic places in the state metropolis to ensure clean environment that she has always agitated for
*Self employment of about 10 youths with their salaries coming from her own personal savings and salaries.
*Anonymous donations and support to the sick and hospitalized persons especially in PHC in both rural and urban areas.
DR BETTA EDU’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2018
*Employment of 1000 health workers, Nurses, Doctors, Optometrist etc.
*Set up of Local Government Healthcare Authorities.
*Routine Quarterly Maternal Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) Campaign.
*Successful hosting of National Primary Healthcare Summit and Quarterly Executive Secretary Meeting.
*Delivery of Tricycle Ambulance for PHCs across the State.
*Delivery of over 25 Motorcycles for Disease Surveillance Control in Border communities.
*Rehabilitation of State Cold Store Moore Road.
DR BETTA EDU’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2017
*Six PHC centers receive medical equipment worth $100,000
*PHC Ikot Offiong Ambai Maternity Akpabuyo get medical consumables worth $5000
*Introduction of delivery kit for every pregnant woman that give birth in 30 selected PHC facilities.
*Primary Healthcare Workers transfer from LGA to the Agency. Improved welfare with rural allowances.
*CRSPHCDA successfully began payment of Health workers in the State from March 2017.
*Construction of New Health Centre in YACHE, Yala LGA.
*New Primary Healthcare Centre at Mayne Avenue Calabar as replacement to dilapidated Ekpo Abasi health centre.
*Renovated Health Centre, Wanihem, Wanikande in Yala LGA.
*Passage of Ayade Care aka. State Health Insurance Scheme into law. Carried out sensitization for Ayade care in 78 communities
*Operation hard to reach. Taking health care to where people leave. 68 communities covered in 2 years. Governor Ayade was represented by Dr Betta Edu in all
*Vitamin A supplementation for 700,000 children
*50 Solar system for 50 PHC supported by WeCare solar. Delivered installed and functional.
DR BETTA EDU’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2016
*Establishment of CRSPHCDA.
*Appointment of 1st Director General of Cross River State Primary Health care Development Agency – DR. BETTA EDU and Board Members.
*Gazetted the CRSPHCDA law No 3 of 2016.
*Staff verification exercise where over 400 ghost workers found and 130 fake certificates discovered.
*Developed the first Multi year Operational Plan (MYOP) for the Primary Health care in the state.
*Creation of TBA working committee to regulate the roles of TBAs in CRS communities.
*Employment of 18 Doctors at the LGA to provide quality health care services to Cross Riverians in all LGAs of the state with good salaries.
*Revive ward Development committee in all wards to improve community participation
*Provision of potent Vaccine Immunization for over 800,000 children on a monthly basis.
*Building of 3 comprehensive primary health centers at IDP camp Bakassi and, Etung border in Collaboration with national Border Agency
*Renovation and equipping of comprehensive Health Centre, Etayip Ikom. Commissioned by wife of President Mrs Aisha Buhari
*Renovation and equipping of Primary Health Centre Bedia in Obudu LGA.
*Renovation and equipping of Primary health Centre Adijinkpor in Ikom LGA.
*Renovation and equipping of Primary Health Centre Aningeje, Akamkpa LGA.
*Building and transfer of new state Cold store with walk in cold room installation
*Repairs of cold chain equipment and installation of new equipment to improve the state cold chain monitoring and effective immunization services.
*Provision of 600 delivery kits to four PHC in the state supported by Mediatrix Development Foundation (MDF) and United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA).
*Provision of 10 Direct Solar Refrigerators supported by European Union Support to Immunization Governance in Nigeria (E.U SIGN).
*Provision of 10 solar panels for 10 PHC facilities in CRS supported by E.U SIGN.
*One new walk-in cold room for immunisation for cold chain maintenance supported by NDDC.
*Over 50,000 delivery kits supported by saving mothers giving life and MDF.
*Renovation of newly allocated PHC Agency building.
*Creation of Primary health post in IDP camp one at Ikot Eyo in Akpabuyo LGA
*Creation of Primary Health post in IDP camp two at Ikot Effiom in Bakassi LGA.
*Creation of PHC post at all borders communities to improve disease surveillance and prevent trans border spread of diseases. (Ist of its kind in Nigeria).
*Creation of Health Post, Burrow pit in Calabar Municipality.
*Implementation of 1st &2nd round of 2015 Maternal newborn and Child Health Week (MNCH) Sponsored by CRS Government and supported by UNICEF.
*Implementation of first and 2nd round of 2016 MNCHW Sponsored by CRS Government and supported by UNICEF.
*Implementation of the 1st PHC Integrated Supportive Supervision in the state and Conducted regular supportive supervisory visit to primary health facilities.
*Introduced the use of Pneumonic cal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV).
*Successful implementation of Measles campaign exercise 2016 with support from the state counterpart and partners.
*Cross River State came top in the nation and received donation from Christian Association of Nigeria for the exercise.
*Successful implementation of 1st and 2nd 2016 Round of Immunisation plus days with government counterpart funding and support from Partners.
*Successful implementation of Ist and 2nd round of Immunization plus days 2017 with government counterpart funding and support from partners.
*Implementation of 1st and 2nd round of 2016 MNCHW with launch of Project Future Assured and Mediatrix Development Foundation in CRS by the Wife of the President and Wife of Governor Dr. Linda Ayade.
*Implementation of African Vaccination week 2016 and 2017 with focus on immunizing vulnerable children in IDP’s Camps in Bakassi and Akpabuyo as well as providing other healthcare services to less privilege in hard to reach areas.
*Needs Assessment of all PHC facilities in the state.
*Holding of 1st ever town hall meeting on health in various LGA in CRS.
*Created massive public awareness on appropriate management of diarrhoea in children using low-ORS and zinc through bulk SMS and community activation.
*Successfully Implementation of the global Switch from tOPV to bOPV
*Replacement of 2.2 million Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets in CRS (at least 2 persons in every house has access to LLITN).
*Commemoration of World Malaria Day 2016, 2017 with distribution of bed nets to over 20,000 persons, rapid diagnosis testing for malaria before treatment of 50,000 in all PHC across the state and outreaches.
*Training of 1,600 Health workers on Malaria case management and rapid diagnostic testing/data reporting.
*Partnering with the wife of the Governor Dr. Linda Ayade to create 100 Hunt Malaria Clubs under the Mediatrix Development foundation Health projects.
*Creation of first ever CRSPHCDA website, www.crsphcda.com and training of staff on how to use and sustain it.
*Training of all State and LGA Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) officers on Data Management and reporting.
*Trained 2,586 Health workers on the State of Malaria monitoring and evaluation of National Health Management Information system, Rapid diagnostic test for malaria in partnership with Global Funds.
*Capacity building of over 2000 health workers on current management of diarrhoea in children.
*Trained health workers on IMCI and ICCM in collaboration with WHO and NPHCDA.
*Training of staff on one PHC per ward policy and their expected roles.
DR BETTA EDU’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2015
*Partners with wife of the Governor Dr. Mrs Linda Ayade to fight against maternal mortality.
*Partners Coordination and donor mapping in collaboration with Ministry of Health.
*Stakeholders Advocacy and Sensitization dialogue on exclusive breast feeding in CRS in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Society for Family health.
*Partner with MDF to initiate Programs in schools. Some of which include the Hunt Malaria Club Initiative.
*Supply 3000 Zinc and ORS to children in the State in response to the Diarrhoea outbreak in Yakurrr and Biase.
*Supported the passage of Bye Law Against Open defecation in Yakurr LGA.
*Supported and Commissioned Health Clinic in Government Secondary School, Adiabo Ikot Mbo Otu in collaboration with a 2015 Batch A NYSC Member Adeniji Adedoyin Kanyinsola.
*Provision of health Commodities to the Military Barracks Community C.3 Amphibious Brigade.
*Provide 2 million naira worth of Immunization kits supported by Tulsi Chanrai Foundation.
*Collaboration with Media to improve Health Information dissemination in CRS paid advocacy visits to CRBC, NTA, AIT, VON, Social Media etc.
*Collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency and Cross River State House of Assembly and other state line ministries to aid seamless delivery of PHC activities in the state.
*Champion Lassa Fever Campaign in 1500 rural communities in Cross River State in Partnership with State Ministry of Health.
*Free Health Outreach to the war ridden Adadama Community of Abi LGA and supply of relief materials ( 942 persons reached).
*Collaboration with Dr. Linda Ayade Health projects through the mediatrix foundation, to provide free health outreach for 6340 persons with free major and minor surgeries for about 452 persons in Ikom and Ugep.
*Free Health outreach at Primary Health Center Army Junction in collaboration with Aggiewinsor foundation and Jesus House London.
*Implemented the 2015 World Breast Feeding Week in collaboration with UNICEF.
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