By Jonathan Ugbal and Elijah Ugani
The Primary Health Center in Bedia village of Obudu local government area was re-commissioned on Saturday by the state government following its renovation by the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA).
The facility, constructed in the mid 90’s by the Bedia community became moribund following years of neglect with the structures deemed “unfit for a medical facility” by the Director General (DG) of CRSPHCDA, Betta Edu earlier this year while on a routine inspection tour of medical facilities to ascertain challenges in a bid to ensure “efficient service delivery at the grassroots” she said.
Dr. Betta, while commissioning the facility said it was in furtherance of the policy of the governor Ben Ayade’s administration to ensure quality health care delivery and called on Bedia people to support his administration as well as the pet projects of the wife, Dr. Linda Ayade whom she described as “A woman who is passionate, a woman that is full of compassion.”
She advised the community on health issues and while giving tips on how to remain safe from diseases, urged the community to “Ensure the security of the facility and the equipment”, adding that, “you have to make sure the place is always clean.”
Earlier, the Secretary of the Bedia traditional ruler’s council, Ugar Ashipu II, appealed to the state government to employ from the community, security officials, messengers, laborers and cleaners.
In a similar vein, the Senior Special Adviser to the governor on Public Affairs, Tony Undiaundeye who is also a Clan Head in the community, expressed optimism that the renovation of the facility was a pointer to the fact that there was more to be expected for the Bedia community from the Ayade’s administration.
Over 400 delivery kits were also donated by the Mediatrix foundation, the pet project of the Wife of the Governor in order to ensure safe delivery, thereby reducing mortality associated with child bearing.
Presenting the kits to the facility on behalf of the wife of the governor, Betta Edu said the kits which are a full set will go a long way to serve pregnant women and urged them to only allow trained birth attendants and midwives to attend to them during delivery.
Also, mattresses, beddings, pillows, curtains and several other drugs were presented to the facility with the DG, CRSPHCDA personally supervising their installation and fixing.
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