By Jonathan Ugbal
The Cross River State government has launched a program to take its social health insurance scheme tagged ‘Ayadecare’ to all communities in the state classified as “Hard To Reach Areas (HTRAs).”
The Director General of the state primary health care development agency, Dr. Betta Edu disclosed this in a release issued Saturday morning containing the activities of the state to mark the world health day which was celebrated across the globe on Friday.
Dr. Edu said the initiative tagged; “Operation Reach All Hard To Reach Areas With Ayadecare” was flagged off in Etono community in Biase local government area of southern Cross River with a medical delegation lecturing the community on basic survival skills and administered oral vaccines to the children.
The campaign aims at ensuring every Cross Riverian has access to health services Dr. Edu said and reiterated the government’s resolve to ensure standards are not compromised as the state delivers quality and affordable health care services.
The statement read; “Cross Riverians must feel the impact of a health oriented Governor . We will cross rivers, we will skip mountains, we will trek across forest to deliver health services to our people where the live because Ayade cares.
“Our priority is to engage every community with efficient and effective health care delivery till every Cross Riverian has access to health services.
“Our voices must be stronger, louder and sharper in ensuring d campaign against disease is achieved. Ayadecare is an excellent initiative of Governor Ayade aimed at actualizing a healthy Cross River state, bettering the lives of the people through effective health care delivery.
“Ayadecare understands the principle of wealth creation through health care delivery; it is sustainable and will prevent catastrophic health expenditure for cross Riverians.
“With Ayadecare, we are waging war against diseases like diarrhea, malaria, measles, laser fever, cerebrospinal meningitis etc, we will not allow disease of any sort to mock our people anymore.
“Health is a fundamental issue, it’s a right for all. we will not compromise on service delivery. We will continue the house to house visits in these hard to reach communities until every soul in Cross River is touched health wise.
“Ayadecare operation hard to reach area is a hope for the hopeless. What we needed most urgently was to start the operation reach all hard to reach area, I am happy it has been launched today (Friday), we have de-wormed 20,000 school children, given 34,750 children vitamin A supplementation.
“(We have) distributed free long lasting insecticide treated net in all villages around Etono in Biase CRS. Tested and treatment for malaria, given health talks, distributed food stuff etc. We will not compromise on efficient health care delivery in hard to reach area. If you live in one; you are next!”
The statement which lauded the state’s partners in the program as the state is giving them results for their support also said “Ayadecare will meet the health needs of Cross Riverians beyond their means” as, “We are dreaming the impossible and making it possible.”
“With Ayadecare, our faith and hopes are strengthened (and) we shall overcome,” the statement read.
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