Upon establishment of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, CUSO international, a Canadian organization has played a very instrumental role in the revitalization of primary healthcare service delivery in the state. CUSO collaboration and partnership with CRSPHCDA has helped the agency in its policy formulation and implementation of multi year operational guidelines for 2016 -2019.
This necessitated CUSO international sending Canadian based volunteers as health policy advisors to the agency since its inception in 2016. First, it was Ginette Potentier who worked with the agency at its inception stage and later, Alexia was sent to take over from Ginette upon expiration of Ginette tenure in 2017.
Speaking at the meeting, the Director General, Dr Betta Edu ably represented by the Director of Primary Healthcare, Dr. Onebieni Ana said the major concern and target of the Governor and Agency is ensuring a universal health coverage in the state.
According to him, there is a strong community collaboration on achieving a universal health coverage and this has helped to increase in the number of facilities from 509 in 2010 to 1032 presently and establishing/ renovating more health facilities is being targeted as communities are involved in building or renovation of new facilities for community ownership.
Dr. Ana reiterated that though, Traditional Birth Attendants are patronized because of lack of funds and inaccessibility to healthcare services, the agency partnered with the Traditional Birth Attendants in developing guidelines for birth delivery and referals in the state.
Speaking further, Dr. Ana said, the agency has enjoyed a very robust relationship with CUSO especially in monitoring and evaluation template, minimum service package. He noted that the agency is committed to taking healthcare service delivery to the least served part of the state, that is targeting the hard to reach areas.
CUSO Head of program, Mrs. Patricia Wall while speaking said she was satisfied with the progress made so far by Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency in reducing maternal mortality and revitalisation of healthcare across the State.
She noted that CUSO will continue partnering with Cross River State to deliver a universal health coverage target.
Mrs. Alice Odey while giving a vote of thanks, acknowledged CUSO for being very instrumental to the agency and implores them to keep doing what they are doing. CUSO has so far, sent three volunteers to Agency since its inception.
Among those present at the meeting were, Jacques Radotte, Ebrina Sonko, Patricia Wall, Uko Ekott, Godwin Ugah of CUSO and Ogogo Agnes, Affiong Eborty, Regina Adie, Alice Odey of Cross River primary healthcare amongst others that graced the occasion.