12 February 2013

Nigeria: 'Cross River to Promote Primary Health Care At Grassroots

Cross River — To fast track the attainment of Millennium Development Goals, the Cross River State government is partnering a Non Governmental Organization, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation, to ease accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of primary health care services at the grassroots.

Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Angela Oyo'ita, said this when the National Good Governance Tour team visited the Model Primary Health Centre, Abuochiche, Bekwarra Local Government Area of the state.

Oyo'ita said the programme was initiated to ensure that primary health care in the state is well structured.

She said a special department has already been set up and a structure put in place to cater for people even in their homes.

Special Adviser to the Cross River State Governor on Community Health, Dr Iyam Ugot, said the objective of the centre is to provide efficient basic primary health care to rural communities and to ensure people are well catered for by having a facility close to them. He said the system also has health clinics that supervise health posts and a monitoring structure consisting of village health committees, ward health committees, local government committees and a state steering committee.

Also speaking, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information, Kehinde Ajoni, who represented Information Minister, Labaran Maku, commended the Cross River State government and the Tulsi Chanrai Foundation for the initiative. The team also visited the rehabilitated Comprehensive College Gakem also in Bekwarra Local Government Area.

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