Following the Approval of the Pro-health Governor Sen. PROF Ben Ayade that drugs be made available to all Primary Health Care center in the state to improve the quality of Health services at those centers, Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in Cross River State have so far gotten drugs from first distribution as part of the reactivated Drugs Revolving Fund (DRF).
The drugs which was received by the PHC Coordinators for the affected LGAs and co-signed for by the heads of facilities thanked the super digital Governor for his magnanimity. The noted that for 4 years, even before the inception of the present Administration, primary health centers have basically been without drugs. Drug stock out was the order of the day and heads of facility sometimes bought few drugs from their pocket or the refer patients out to buy drugs from local chemist which are sometimes fake drugs.
Speaking with a community woman at Obudu Mrs Udie she said ” when I came to deliver my first baby at the PHC urban in obudu, I had some complications and my husband was sent out that night to Go and look for drugs to buy to save my life. No chemist was opened at 2am so we had to go to someone’s house to wake him up. Am glad today the story has changed. I came here today and The had drugs. I think Government is really trying here. Even this our PHC Doctor here, he is very good to us”.
The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Betta Edu; thanked the Governor for listening to their cry. She noted that this will also go along way to solve the issues of drugs stock out in the State. She further noted that if we must start Ayade Care which is the state health insurance Scheme, then the supply side which include PHCs must be very ready to cope with demand from community. We don’t want to just offer any kind of service but quality Health services to our people. We thank Governor Ben Ayade for making this happen.
According to Director General; for sustainability, PHCs across the State will be strictly monitored and given supportive supervision by the Agency to ensure the stipulated guidelines are adhered to and there is no stock out of drugs at any time.
It would be recalled that the Wife of the Cross River State Governor, Dr Linda Ayade had supported the scheme by donating drugs worth #2million Naira to the Agency during the official opening of her foundation Mediatrix Development Foundation office and Administrative building of the Primary Healthcare Agency in Calabar.
Sharing the recent success story, PHC Coordinator of Biase, Mrs Lily Ettah noted that they are very happy to have received quality drugs for patients at affordable rate in their health centres as that have been their challenge since the exit of Tulsi Chanrai Foundation from the State.
” We are happy that the State has taken over the scheme and have delivered the first round of the drugs to our facilities. We remain grateful to His Excellency, Senator ( Prof) Ben Ayade for a promise kept and fulfilled said the elated Coordinator.
Over 1056 primary Health Centres will be benefitting from the drugs revolving fund in the State and the second round delivery for the central senitorial district will begin this month.