By Jonathan Ugbal
Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has finally approved the movement of staff in the Primary Health system from the unified local government scheme to the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA).
The approval was made this morning (Thursday) after Ayade signed a MEMO from the Agency following the completion of a month long screening exercise which marked the last hurdle for the state to achieve the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) policy of the federal government making it one of the first in the country CrossRiverWatch gathered.
The Director General of the CRSPHCDA, Dr. Betta Edu when contacted said that this “reaffirmed the governor’s commitment to providing affordable and quality healthcare for Cross Riverians as the administration and management of the primary health system which serves as an entry point into the Cross River health system has now been streamlined and made more effective.”
This also qualifies the state to access the USD1.5 million available to it from the USD500 million World Bank grant for the revitalization of the Primary Health System and will position the state to achieve Universal Health Coverage by the end of 2020 she said.
Also, the Government approved March and April salaries to be paid within one week by the Agency, Dr. Edu said.
She continued; “It will be recalled that Governor Ayade had directed that all machinery available to access the fund and achieve the set goals be set in motion which led to a month-long statewide screening to determine the actual manpower available in the system, a process that has since been concluded.
“This act also means the administration of the state health insurance scheme, ‘Ayadecare’ will become easier as all processes are now streamlined and access to funding to achieve ‘One Functional Primary Health Centre per Ward’ initiative of the Federal Government is now available.”
She also hailed the strides the Governor has made in the health sector and called on Cross Riverians to continue supporting him.
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