Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu yesterday while receiving environmental health workers and students in her office as part of activities marking the 2018 World Environmental health day celebration theme ” Global food safety and sustainability said the amount of diseases being associated with food safety are much such as Lassa fever, diarrhea (which is a major childhood killer disease ) and even cancer! as such there are new innovations on food safety and sustainability which we must adopt in CRS
She tasked them to ensure that oit environment and food handling even in rural areas are well addressed as part of their work as health worker. Dr Edu lauded the environmental health workers for their comportment at duty as food restaurants, abbatoirs are working well courtesy of their routine supervision.
She promised the environmental health workers the best of cooperation from the Agency to ensure very best practice while on duty. According to her there are included in the National basic healthcare provision fund.
Finally she assures Environmental health workers of employment quota in the upcoming recruitment exercise by the agency in a bid to increase their manpower.
Earlier Speaking, the Financial Secretary of Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria (EHOAN), Obogo Simon strongly commended the Governor Sen Ben Ayade for his continuous prompt payment of workers salary which has motivated them to do more. The regret joining the national strike as the expressed confidence in Governor Ayade ability to pay new minimum wage.
The praised Dr Betta Edu within her reign the Agency have witness a dramatic change in healthcare delivery, human capacity building, prompt payment of salary which is specifically credited to the dynamic Governor, Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade for always making welfare of workers his number one priority.
Further speaking he call on the DG to intervene on their behalf to the State Governor as the department is grossly lacking adequate manpower which according to WHO index they requires 10 environmental health workers to a population of 1000. He eulogies the DG and prayed for their appeal to be considered.
The was dancing, drumming and road walk to all nooks and crannies of Calabar metropolis to create awareness on food safety and sustainability.