By Jonathan Ugbal
The maternal and child health service of the state government is key to Cross Riverians sexual and reproductive health challenges says Health Commissioner, Dr. Inyang Asibong.
The strengthening of the advocacy program to expand maternal and child health services in the state by the Health Ministry, Inyang says will help in the fight to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS.
In a release obtained by CrossRiverWatch from her spokesperson, Cocobassey Esu, Inyang added that care and support for those living with the virus and reducing the vulnerability of families to maternal and child mortality will be pursued by the Ministry.
She disclosed this while receiving a team from the Pathfinder International, a global team in sexual and reproductive health led by Dr Yemisi Femi-Pius in her office.
Dr. Yemisi on his part promised to place reproductive health care at the center of their activities which include reducing HIV/AIDS to zero level, access to available public and private hospitals, reducing maternal and child mortality rates, among others.
The Nursing Services Director in the State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Christy Essien advised the team to ensure private hospitals used in providing services are registered with the State Ministry of Health and health workers in their facilities are trained and licensed to practice while the head of Clinical Governance, Dr Comfort Ekanem called for strong partnership between Pathfinder international and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA), to reduce maternal and child mortality rates.
In a related development, Inyang Asibong has lauded the commitment, and support of Family Health International (Fhi 360) for “enhancing effective and efficient health service delivery in the state”.
A release made available to CrossRiverWatch by her spokesperson Cocobassey Esu states that Dr Asibong who assured Fhi 360 that laboratory scientists and other health workers recommended by Fhi360 will be employed in order to actualize the dream of a healthy Cross River, stated this during a courtesy call by the Fhi 360 team in her office, led by Mrs Phyllis Changa who was represented by Dr Muhammad Ibrahim.
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