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We have achieved significant improvement in healthcare delivery in C/River—Commissioner



The Cross River Ministry of Health on Tuesday said it had achieved a significant improvement in healthcare delivery across the state within the last four years, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Dr Inyang Asibong, the State Commissioner for Health, said this in Calabar while listing some of her achievement in office during the presentation of her `hand over note’ to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Joseph Bassey.

Asibong said that the ministry achieved a lot due to the commitment of the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade in revitalising the health sector in the state.

Asibong explained that when she assumed office in November 2015 as the Commissioner, the ministry under her identified priority areas to be tackled in order to ensure a significant improvement in the health sector.

She listed the areas to include Primary Healthcare Development, Human Capital Development, Maternal Mortality, Infrastructural Development and Task-Shifting for Human Resource Planning.

In achieving the health coverage, she said that the ministry built and strengthened the primary healthcare system into a full fledged agency as well as attaining a state health insurance scheme tagged `Ayadecare’ to revitalise healthcare.

“With primary healthcare institutionalised, many residents and citizens could access services in close proximity to their communities.

“Currently, there are 1,013 primary healthcare facilities spread across the 18 local government areas in the state,’’ she said.

The commissioner further said that the ministry under her leadership hosted the Cross River State Health Summit in 2017 and the Cross River State Council on Health in 2018 with a view to improve heath delivery.

She said that the focus of the two events were to create a platform for engagement and synthesising the opinions of Crossriverians on achieving Universal Health Coverage and to make available quality and affordable healthcare to all citizens.

The commissioner said that the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company, `CalaPham’ was 75 per cent completed; adding that the registration process with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria and the National Food Drug Administration and Control was ongoing.

Asibong said that the state has available 54 well equipped Primary Health Centres, adding that each local government in the state has three with other health posts to meet their health need.

“We have 15 General Hospitals currently in the state, three Ayadecare Referral Hospitals currently under construction simultaneously across the three Senatorial Districts among others.

“Also, our school of nursing is one of the best in the country and our students are doing great. I must specially thank Gov. Ayade for finding me worthy and capable to serve in the health ministry in his first administration,’’ she said.

Responding on behalf of staff in the ministry, Bassey commended Asibong for her excellent achievement in the ministry within the period under review.

While commending her on the projects she executed, Bassey promised that the ministry would sustain and build on her legacy to move the ministry forward.