Cross River gets 50 ultra sound machines, solar systems for primary health centers

In recognition for reducing maternal and child mortality, the Cross River State Government has taken delivery of 50 portable ultra sound machines, 137 solar system, 1000 cell phones, bedding and other medical equipment for its primary health centres spread across the state.

The equipment were donated by development partners including United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and General Electric (GE).

Speaking at the ceremony held at the state executive chamber of the Governor's Office  Calabar, the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade said: "Nothing adds credibility to the essence of being and makes you human like providing a shoulder for the weaker partner to lean on."

Noting that his administration, in line with section 14, sub section 2b of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is explicit that the provision of welfare and security is the primary purpose of government, Ayade maintained that "when you talk of the welfare of the people, health comes first."

Continuing, the governor said: "We will continue to lag behind as far as health remains a challenge for it is the epicenter for the growth of Africa," adding that "until we have a very healthy society, we can do very little in terms of economic and infrastructure growth."

The governor who lamented that access to hard-to-reach areas had always posed a threat to health care delivery, noted that the innovation of mobile ultrasound machines will enable people do task sharing while moving equipment from one point to another to tackle the challenge.

Offering further insight on the Ayadecare, a social health insurance scheme designed for the healthy to provide for the sick, the wealthy for the poor and the aged to be fed by the young in the state, the governor hinted that "in partnership with GE, we have moved a seed fund of N1billion into their account," pointing out that "now that we have set aside the money, I believe that Union Bank can now start."

Representative of UN Agencies, Aliyu Yakubu, lauded Governor Ayade for his vision in the health sector which he said has encouraged them to sustain the partnership.

He urged the government to review the law establishing health training institutions in the state.

USAID representative, Henry Ayuk also said: "I want to appreciate what you (Ayade) have done in this state. You have set a bar in the healthcare delivery and AyadeCare has become a national program, affording services to CrossRiverians."

GE team leader, Chinedu Chinwuba, disclosed that Cross River was among the four chosen states in the country, considering its progress in reducing maternal and infant mortality indices, adding that "you are not only looking at primary healthcare but healthcare across board."

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Isibong, disclosed that the desire of the government was to achieve the SDG3 by ensuring that the maternal mortality rate in the state was drastically reduced. 
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