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By: Simon Ushie.

The Director General, Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, has commended staff of the State’s Primary Healthcare Development Agency for their show of professionalism and doggedness all through this season.

In a good will message she signed and made available to the press, Ekpenyong said, the sets of health workers working under her Agency are rare, as they have continually placed themselves as flagships for state and nation building.

She said inspite of harsh treatments sometimes by members of the community and those who don’t believe in health policies and programs, they have not relented in offering the most desirous services especially as it concerns pregnant women, children and the vulnerable.

She therefore prayed God for continues increase while also assuring them of the state Government’s desire to reward them even as she encouraged them to continually offer services  to their communities morally befitting of health workers and in total service to humanity.

“Today is another special day, as we commemorate the annual workers day, unfortunately we may not have the opportunity to gather and celebrate because of the pandemic currently keeping the world at bare now, but for sure, the Government of Cross River State under the leadership of His Excellency Senator Professor Ben Ayade, celebrate you on daily basis because of how distinctive you present yourselves and the selfless services you offer to your communities.

I want to specially appreciate your efforts all through this season of outbreak, it has been a busy start of year for all of us, all through January and February, we all united to fight Lassa fever and raise awareness on the disease in our various places of primary assignment, at about same time, our efforts were intensified towards kicking out common Neglected Tropical diseases that has killed our people because of little awareness and exposure before now.
Still in February, we marked the world Tuberculosis day in Yakurr, where I charged all Cross Riverians to come to reality that Tuberculosis is not a death sentence and hence discrimination against people living with the disease should be treated as a criminal offense, the same message preached by Heads of LGA primary health team, today we have seen acceptability and more supports given by family members to patients suffering from TB.I also wish to commend all of our staff who united in the delivery of our latest ultramodern Health Facility in Uchu,Yala LGA, on the day of the commissioning, we were also privileged to have the Deputy Governor, Professor Evara Esu flag off the National Immunization Plus Days exercise, we are proud that our state is polio free, this is not a coincidence but a conscious effort by all our foot soldiers in the field to ensure that no child living in this state die from vaccine preventable diseases, I am overwhelmed by the positive results received from the WHO, UNICEF and other development partners concerning our state.

Before the outbreak of the novel corona virus in Africa, we had trained all our 18 Disease surveillance and Notification Officers on the possible ways of detecting, managing and curtailing the spread of the virus, these training were replicated in all our LGAs and wards, and to the Glory of God, today,  Cross River State is one of the two states out of 36 states and the federal capital that is certified Covidy19 free, I must commend you all.

I must also commend you for your patience, love, and sacrifice, for remaining in active service and duty even in this period of National shut down, we  believe that even if all sectors including economy shuts down, the health sector will continue to stand tall not just as an institution embedded with the sole responsibility of ensuring the safety and good health of the people, but also in passionate and dedicated service to God and humanity.

Finally, I wish to remind you all that your health and welfare is most Paramount to me, do ensure you remain safe in the course of discharging your duties, ensure you continue to preach the good message of good personal hygiene and personal protection while the world still await the introduction of vaccines to curb Covid-19.

Once again, thank you for your services and God bless you all”.

May Day or workers day is celebrated yearly across the world to commemorate the Hey market affairs marked as far back as 1886 to appreciate the worker hours put into production and services among the working class.

Amawu Cletus Albert Amawu

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