IMPROVING ACCESSS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS AND CAMEROONIAN REFUGEES & STRENGHTENING OUR HEALTH SYSTEM IN CROSS RIVER STATE IS OUR PUSH—–DR. BETTA EDU
Access to quality healthcare services with the influx of Cameroonian refugees and asylum seekers on daily basis has been a very big challenge and concern to both government and partnering donor agencies. Since last year, when the upsurge rose drastically, concerted efforts have been geared towards improving healthcare accessibility of Cameroonian refugees and asylum seekers.
In a bid to improve and make healthcare service delivery accessible by these refugees, Medecins Sans Frontieres has signed an MOU to partner with the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency to operate a fixed and mobile clinic aim at improving accessibility to healthcare services in Cross River State, for residents and Cameroonian refugees.
According to the Deputy Head of Mission, Medecins Sans Frontiers, Dr Shaukat Muttagi said the fixed clinic expected to run in Ikom while the mobile clinic would runs simultaneously in Utagha in Obanliku LGA, Bashua – Boki and Agbokim in Etung LGA would start on 1st July, 2018.
He further stated that, MSF has already made provision for drilling of hand pump boreholes in Amana Danare 1 and 2, construction of thirty latrines in nine villages and provision of ten hand washing basins.
The Director General, Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu said, the state government appreciates the support of Medecins Sans Frontiers towards improving access to healthcare service delivery for Cameroonian refugees and asylum seekers.
According to her, the intervention is coming very timely and the state government is very delighted to partner with MSF on the health outreaches. Dr. Betta Edu promised that the Agency would make provision for community health educators for hygiene promotion and referral of patients to clinic.
She said that the transport costs for both community health educators, patients to be seen by Doctors in these clinics would be taken adequate care of.