Alleged polio outbreak in C’River: Cross River Most Beautiful Girl meets Health Commissioner

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Commissioner for Health, Asibong  (sitting left), Cross River Most Beautiful Girl, Anie (sitting right) with Ministry of Health and CRMBG team standing behind the duo
Our Correspondent|7 February 2017
Following widespread media rumours of a case of a child alleged to have contracted polio in Cross River, Miss Christy Anie, reigning queen of Cross River Most Beautiful Girl (CRMBG) has paid a formal visit to the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong to ascertain the real state of the situation and to align with the state to find lasting solution to the child.
In her words: “My visit to your office today is predicated on media reports of the child alleged to have contracted polio in Cross River, which you have since made copious efforts to debunk.”
“Our attention for this child falls under one of Cross River Most Beautiful Girl’s cardinal focus, which is to empower beauty queens to fight against typhoid fever and malaria pandemic in Cross River and to assist the otherwise vulnerable and indigent set of our immediate society.”
The queen highlighted that the “child falls amongst the few of many unreported others out there who may be facing similar challenge in the state. We are here to align and support existing efforts your office and other philanthropic organisations are making to see that this child gets befitting attention.”
“This, I will do from my perspective as public figure by leading useful campaigns that will encourage public private support to stem out similar cases in our beloved state. What this visit further means is that I am interested in knowing the current status of the child, while I will plead that you further extend your kind gesture by leading a visit to this child to help me formally acquaint myself with the situation on ground as regards this child,” Anie added.
The queen further sought partnership pilot points from the ministry of health, where she can execute some of her pet projects, which she said tilts more to the health ministry.
On her part, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, who described Cross River Most Beautiful Girl as one of the foremost pageants championing charitable works in Cross River thanked the beauty queen for her interest in the child while assuring of her ministry’s partnership with the beauty queen to see that her concerns about the child are well met.
Reiterating that the diagnosis of the child as having polio has since been debunked, the Commissioner said the child’s true diagnosis was club foot and has, at the instance of the Ben Ayade led administration since been receiving medical attention and expected to bounce back on his feet soon.
According to her: “The child was diagnosed of club foot; the information concerning polio myelitis was a wrong one.”
“We went to the community, brought him out; the ministry and other health organisations are managing the condition.”
“The boy’s feet are getting better; and he is currently at the UCTH and soonest, he will be shown to the entire world.”
Highpoint of the visit also featured a photograph session. 
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