With Cross River State aiming to achieve 90% immunisation coverage and reliable storage of vaccines at the correct temperature, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency ( NPHCDA) with support from GAVI have donated health centres power kits to work with the Solar Direct Drive (SDD) Refrigerators.
Speaking, Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu said the government of Cross River state is committed to strengthening their vaccine storage infrastructure recognizing this as integral to vaccine stability and potency.
According to her this serves to improve the provision of potent vaccines and contributes to a reduction of the incidence of childhood sickness and death, in line with the sustainable Development Goals set out by the UN. She noted that reliable storage is essential to ensuring that vaccines are potent and effective.
She thanked National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and GAVI for the support. She added that the power kits will link in between SDD Refrigerators and solar freezer, it will allow for operation of 2 LED lights, one fan, charge 2 mobile phones and power a device operating on direct current by its 12V/20W outlet and a lot more.
The power kits were delivered to 3 LGAs, 3 Ward and 3 facility namely; PHC Ipene, Erenorh Ward in Biase, PHC Apiapum, Apiapum Ward in Obubra and PHC Odukpani, Odukpani ward in Odukpani Local Government Area.
In a similar news, World Health Organization in their bid to strengthen Human Resource for Health ( HRH) have donated yet another set of office equipment and accessories to Human Resource Department of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency with a sets of Printer, Mercury, Projector, scanner and Inverter.
The latest equipment will go along way to compliment the earlier equipment delivered last year by WHO.