By CrossRiverWatch admin
The Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade has acknowledged the effort of the state health team and reminded them of his government’s resolve to provide quality Health Services to Cross Riverians through private public partnership with health investors who are already in the state to invest.
He informed the people of State government readiness to introduce a Health Insurance Scheme that will provide free medical treatment of any ailment for tax paying Cross Riverians and non Cross Riverians.
The governor who made this disclosure at the recent flag off of the 2016 Measles immunization campaign at Ikot Offiong Ambai, Akpabuyo Local Government, also commended Commissioner of Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong and S.A Community Health, Dr Betta Edu, describing them as courageous and energetic women.
Ayade who was represented by his Deputy, Professor Ivara Esu, promised that as the State Task Force Chairman on Immunization, he will not miss any review meeting as he acknowledges the Measles Awareness campaign as the best he has ever seen in in the state.
Dr. Betta Edu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Community and Primary Healthcare, in her message informed dignitaries, health stakeholders and other participants at the flag-off of her various advocacy visits and mobilisation done across the state to ensure the state meets the 100% target coverage.
She noted that advocacy was taken to the State House of Assembly for state constituencies mobilization, Commissioner of Local Government Affairs in a bid to inform the 18 LGA’s Chairmen of the exercise, CRBC, Christian Association of Nigeria to ensure all churches across the state join in the mobilization.
She said she has taken the advocacy exercise to the Muslim Community, Market Women and the Press to ensure the message of immunization get across the nooks and crannies of Cross River State.
According to her, the exercise will last for 5 days, and all children between age 9 months to 5 years must be immunized at health facilities and vaccination posts. She promised 100% success target in the 2016 exercise in the state. She advised health workers against multiple immunization and called on them to do proper documentation in the cards.
The Wife of the Governor, Dr. Linda Ayade in her speech noted that the routine immunization program is very effective in preventing Measles outbreak in Calabar.
According to her, Cross River State has a great measles coverage as no death related case has been reported recently.
She gave kudos to Primary Health Department for their proactive steps taken towards prevention of epidemics. She assured the people of government’s commitment to their well-being by providing quality healthcare services.
She reminded people about Lassa fever danger in the country as she urged everyone to take preventive measures by keeping their environment clean and rodent free.
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