By Elijah Ugani
The Cross River State Government recently flagged off a one month de-warning exercise in the State.
The flag off ceremony which held in Odukpani local government area of the State was described as a necessity by the State Deputy Governor Prof. Ivara Esu who led the flag off team.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Godwin Ettah, the government lauded collaborating agencies as well as urged parents and guardians to make their children available for the exercise.
His words, “I want to thank all collaborating agencies for the enormous support shown the State in health care delivery. Most of these diseases are caused by inadequate water supply. I hereby call on parents to present their children for de-worming to reduce these diseases to the barest minimal”.
The State Coordinator, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NDT), Mr. Hillary Adie while speaking stated that the gathering to kick start the one month long de-warming exercise is aimed at not just de-worming Cross Riverians but to sensitize as well as make available drugs for the prevention of neglected tropical diseases.
He ended by commending his partners for their support and enjoined residents of the State to make good use of the opportunity.
On her part, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong who was represented by her Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Edu Omini thanked the sponsors for all they have done to support health care delivery in Cross River State.
Dr. Inyang maintained that, “We have observed a fatigue in Cross River State, the funds are dwindling, the donor agencies are backing off and asking the State Government to take over; let me appeal to them very sincerely that they sustain this support to the State so that we will continue to deliver quality health care to our people”.
Odukpani local government council Chairman, Mr. Bassey Asuquo thanked NTD, the State Government and other donors for choosing his LGA for the flagging off exercise.
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