Residents of Ikot Ekpo Eyo in Ikot Edem Odo Ward, an rural slum in Akpabuyo Local Government Area, Cross River State were in a joyous mood on Thursday as they received a new Primary Health Clinic and borehole with solar lighting system from
Community Social Development Programme (CSDP) intervention and Cross River state Government .
Speaking, His Excellency Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade ably represented by Commissioner of Information and orientation Pastor (Barr) Mrs RoseMary Archibong described Gov Ayade’s lieutenant Dr Betta Edu as a credible representatives of their Principal.
She emphasized that the borehole which she commissioned will enhance safe health practices at the facility/and improve general sanitary conditions in the locality/ community as
protection of life and property is an unflagging commitment and premium responsibility of Cross River State Government and as such providing quality healthcare services is the duty of this administration.
According to her the solarise borehole will go alongway to provide water to the health centre and community at large while urging the people to take ownership of the property by protecting it from vandalisation.
Earlier Speaking, Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu who Commissioned the Primary Health Center on behalf of the Governor; urged the residents, stakeholders to take full ownership and good care of the health centre and ensure proper maintenance of the facility so that the community as a whole can enjoy the benefits of the project for many years to come.
According to her the facility will provide comprehensive primary health care services to all the over 20,000 people living in different settlements in area like family planning, maternal / child health, immunization and treatment of preventable diseases. She noted that Pregnant women who are about to give birth, do not need prayer houses but should use our functional and dependable healthcare service and facilities that are close to them.
The facilitator of the project and former Councillor of the Ward, Hon Margaret Ekpenyong Ephraim said the community had to endure a lot of stress to get quality healthcare. “We used to go to far places to access healthcare and due to such distance, some of our sick people needing emergency care have died.
She eulogise the State Governor, Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade for keeping to his promise of revitalizing Primary healthcare across the state.
Also Speaking, the Royal father of the community, Etinyin Ekpenyong Okon Ephraim said the community will take full advantage of the facility by regularly mobilizing and making use of the center.
The Head of Akpabuyo Local Government Administration, Mrs Theresa Ezima thanked the State Governor, World Bank and CSDA for the magnificent stride in the LGA.
High point of the event was the commissioning of the solarized borehole and Primary Healthcare Centre respectively by the representative of the Governor, Pastor (Barr) Mrs RoseMary Archibong and DG CRSPHCDA, Dr Betta Edu.