By Ogar Monday
Director General, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA) Dr. Betta Edu has paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Immigration Service, Cross River Sector Command, to explore means of partnership between her agency and the immigration service.
While speaking, Betta informed the Comptroller of Immigration, Cross River State Mrs. Funke Adeuyi that the State is ready to partner her office for effective health care delivery, especially in border communities in Cross River.
Her words: We are seeking partnership with the Immigration to help us combat some of the diseases that find their way to Cross River through the borders. We are hoping to partner more in area of polio vaccination.”
Maintaining that, While we immunize our communities against polio, people who have this disease usually move from their country to Nigeria thereby making no sense of our earlier efforts. We are hoping, with the partnership and assistance of the Immigration to conduct immunization in these border communities of our neighboring countries where these people come from.”
Furthermore, she reiterated the Governors readiness to establish Primary Health Care Posts in the borders to help contain cross-border diseases.
Also speaking, the World Health Organization Officer, Mrs. Imoke Ikwo said border communities like Etung, Offum among others need sensitization on polio and other vaccines preventable diseases and it is her hope that the courtesy visit will yield positive result to that effect for the State and country at large.
In her responds, the Comptroller Immigration Service, Cross River State Command, Funke Adeuyi commended her visitors for such a novel idea as partnering with the Immigration Service in the provision of health services to border communities.
She concluded by promising to help the agency in the pursued of its goals when ever her office is called upon to do so as well as that her office is open all day for ideas as such.
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