Refugees Who Are Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccinations Will Be Vaccinated — Cross River Govt
“This is a “thank you” visit; UNHCR is grateful to the Cross River state government and His Excellency Sen Ben Ayade for their help to the Cameroonian Refugees in Cross River state; The great work and dedication shown by the Cross River State Health sector, especially Dr Betta Edu, over the years, even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, have made life better for the Refugees; We will not create parallel structures; instead, we will partner with the state ministry of health to enhance health care for both refugees and host communities.” These were the words of Chansa Kapaya, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Country Representative, as she and her team met with the Honorable Commissioner for Health of Cross River State, Dr Betta Edu, in her office for a strategic meeting.
In recognition of their efforts, UNHCR Representative Mrs Chansa Kapaya thanked Sen Prof Ben Ayade’s government for their tremendous support and display of humanity to the victims, not only by relocating them but also by providing them with basic necessities and protection. “Honorable Commissioner Ma, the UNHCR is well aware of your State government’s help, love, and concern for the refugees who have sought refuge in your State today. Sen Prof Ben Ayade’s show of affection, compassion, and concern for humanity is greatly appreciated. We’ve been following your numerous visits, gifts, and encouragement for these people with great interest and pleasure, and we can’t thank you enough, Dr. Betta Edu.
“You’ve demonstrated in a variety of ways that human welfare, regardless of tribe, country, or faith, is a top priority for you, demonstrating that you’re a worthy leader and ambassador.” The UNHCR is pleased that these people have been absorbed, especially by the host community, and that they now feel safe and secure. “We should not regard these refugees as a burden on the state, but rather as an opportunity for the growth of the societies in which they reside. “The majority of them are hardworking, resourceful, and extremely beneficial to society,” she said.
On her side, Dr Betta Edu welcomed UNHCR representative Mrs Chansa Kapaya and her team, assuring them of the State’s determination to continue doing more for the Cameroonian refugees in CRS. “Our health-care system is delighted to assist refugees. It’s not easy to abandon your comfort zone and fly to a foreign country. I’ve been visiting them on a regular basis as their camp has become my second home; we bring food, relief supplies, medical supplies, health talks, and care.
“As a result, we would like to express our gratitude to UNHCR for their assistance, especially in the health sector, where some of our primary and secondary health facilities have been renovated and fitted.” The host group has gained as a result of this.
In accordance with the Universal Health Coverage Act, we’ve activated the State health insurance scheme (Ayadecare), which should protect refugees as well as pregnant women and children under the age of five. Furthermore we will vaccinate all persons Eligible amongst the Refugees; everyone needs to be protected from COVID-19 refugee or not.”
Dr. Edu concluded by urging UNHCR to provide the State with a monthly report in order for the State to understand what issues need to be addressed.
Mrs Kapaya promised her a monthly report as well as more assistance in the health sector, as well as a commitment to enrolling refugees in the state’s health insurance scheme.
During the visit, Dr. Edu was joined by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Barr Takon Asu Takon, her entire board of directors, and other health staff.
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