Charles Ekanem|2 June 2017
Governor Ben Ayade passion to deliver quality health care services to Cross Riverians has been matched with actions. The last two weeks has been spent distributing first class state of the art medical equipments to selected primary Health Centers across the State from Idundun in Akpabuyo to Wanihem l in Ukelle Yala LGA.
This distribution was approved by Governor Ben Ayade and supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Project Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment (PROJECT C.U.R.E.) through Pathfinder International. This PHC facilities have received and signed to collect life saving tools after taking inventory of it. Copies of everything collected by each facility is kept in the CROSS RIVER STATE Primary Health Care Development Agency for proper monitoring and accountability.
The Equipment which arrived in batches to the selected facilities were personally inspected by the Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu at the general ware house and at some health centers like Ekpo Abasi Health Center in Calabar south. Other staff of the agency like Pastor Sally ensured complete delivery of all deliverables.
Speaking after the inspection of the equipment, Dr Betta Edu said the life saving tools will improve diagnosis, treatment and care in those primary health centers as part of the scale up for the kick off of State Health Insurance Scheme also known as AYADECARE in October, she further said that the will help state reduce maternal mortality and underfive mortality while ensuring we achieve universal access to quality health care.
She called on Cross Riverians to support AYADE CARE as it will ensure that people living in the remote parts of the state have access to well equipped health care facilities and quality services.
At all facilities where items were delivered the village Chiefs were on hand to receive all medical equipment and protect it as part of community ownership.
Some items to be inspected at the PHC facilities as part of Ayade Care includes over Cold room, 2000 office supplies, glucometer, Ostoscope/ Ophthalmoscope wall, speculum, oximeter, suction machines, thermometer, six 100 and 300 watt transformer, beds, urinary catheters, 360 diapers and wipes, refrigerators, office chairs, syringes, lab coats, educational models, 14 stethoscope, Nebulizer, ultra sound scan and many other equipments.
Meanwhile according to the distribution officer from Pathfinder she said they have finish distributing the equipment to PHC Akani Esuk, Ekpo Abasi, Idundu while PHC Obudu, Wanikade in Yala and PHC Ogoja has also received.
Twin babies born on the day the medical equipment and supplies arrived Wanikande in Ukelle, Yala were first beneficiaries of the new delivery kit. Parents were truly thankful to the Governor for making health care priority.
Writes from Calabar