By Our Reporter
The Wife of the Cross River State Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade, has commissioned the Secretariat of her NGO, Mediatrix Development Foundation MDF, and the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency CRSPHCDA, office now at former Saint Margaret Hospital (UCTH) complex, Moore Road, Calabar.
She also used the opportunity to donate drugs to primary healthcare centers across the State as part of her foundation’s support to the revitalization of primary healthcare in Cross River State.
She thanked the development partners that have made sundry contributions within the short space of time; CUSO International, FHI360, UNICEF, UNFPA and Pathfinders International.
According to her, MDF was formalize to channel health and development interventions addressing needs of the vulnerable and less privileged in Cross River State.
Dr. Ayade said the official opening of Mediatrix Development Foundation office will aid the team to have a better environment to work and produce far better results in delivery of the four thematic areas of intervention.
She lauded the DG of Primary healthcare for her effort in achieving primary healthcare in the state under one roof.
Finally, she said with the complex housing Mediatrix Foundation and the Agency together, both organizations will be working in tandem.
The Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. John Gaul Lebo, in his goodwill message said the House will continue their holistic support to the Cross River State Health Sector by ensuring there is legislative cover for all PHC activities in the state.
While the House Committee Chairman on Health, Hon. Ekpo Ekpo Bassey, added that there is no going back on primary healthcare under one roof as he lauded the wife of the Governor as a caring, elegant, a good listener and a woman with a good heart.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, said “everything is moving in the health sector courtesy of the effort of the three wise women of the Cross River State health sector led by, Dr. Linda Ayade and the support of supersonic digital Governor Ayade whose major concern is the welfare of the people across the state which healthcare is key.”
Earlier speaking, the DG CRSPHCDA, Dr Betta Edu said the opening of the offices signify greater things coming in the primary healthcare system.
She said the Agency came to existence due to the passion of Senator Ben Ayade to ensure the well being of his people as he signed into law the bill for the establishment of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
She noted that recently the Nigerian Governors Forum had adjudged Cross River State Primary Healthcare Agency as one of the best in the country.
Goodwill messages were given by the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Mrs Stella Odey, Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Eric Anderson, Managing Director of CRSWBL, Mr. Godwin Igile, CMD of UCTCH, Dr. Thomas Agan, representatives of Development Partners amongst others.