C/River Commemorates 2024 World Health Day with Commitment to Universal Healthcare

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The Honorable Commissioner for Health in Cross River state, Dr Egbe Ayuk, has issued a press statement marking the occasion of the 2024 World Health Day, highlighting the global significance of the day and reaffirming the state’s commitment to promoting access to quality healthcare for all citizens NEGROIDHAVEN can report.

Observed annually on 7th April, the World Health Day serves as a platform to raise awareness about pressing global health issues and advocate for healthier lifestyles worldwide.

The theme for this year’s World Health Day, “My Health My Right,” underscores the fundamental importance of ensuring universal access to essential health services. In light of recent challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the statement emphasizes the critical need to address gaps in healthcare coverage and protect the right to health for all individuals, regardless of their socio-economic status.

In Cross River, efforts are underway to expand healthcare infrastructure and services to reach underserved communities. The leadership of His Excellency, Governor Bassey Edet Otu, is spearheading initiatives to enhance the healthcare system, including the establishment and renovation of hospitals across the state.

Notably, the ongoing upgrade of the primary health centre to general hospital in Ikom and ongoing renovations at Cottage Hospital in Oban reflect the government’s commitment to improving healthcare delivery at the grassroots level. Additionally, primary health centers throughout the state are undergoing upgrades to ensure they provide comprehensive and accessible healthcare services to residents.

The press statement emphasized that access to quality healthcare is not a privilege but a fundamental human right. It underscores the importance of addressing social determinants of health, such as access to clean water, nutritious food, and safe living conditions, to promote overall well-being and prevent disease.

As Cross River State joins the global community in commemorating World Health Day, the state health chief tasked stakeholders to work collaboratively to advance the goal of universal healthcare coverage and ensure that every individual can exercise their right to health.