By: Simon Ushie.
The Director General, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong appealing to groups and individuals to collaborate with the State in raising awareness on the dreaded Covid19 virus.
The DG made the appeal in Ikom when she met with representatives of the Society for Chaplains(Chapol) Ikom Branch in a bid towards raising more awareness on the novel corona virus especially in the rural areas.
Dr Ekpenyong said collaborative efforts especially with groups and individuals who have great influence in the society will promote the message on ways of managing the covid19 pandemic and other infectious diseases since such bodies have already gained the confidence of people in the area.
She further stated that government cannot do it all alone noting that the governor, Senator Professor Ben Ayade’s pragmatic disposition has led to securing the lives of Cross Riverians especially those living in border communities like Ikom which she described as a Corridor through the release of funds and other logistics to secure the borders from foreign bodies.
She however thanked the group for choosing to partner with the primary Healthcare Agency in raising awareness and the provision of some personal protective equipment like facemask for use in the LGA which she described as one of the best preventive measures in fighting Covid-19.
“I want to thank you all for your support and for finding us worthy to collaborate with us to get to the people who need our services the most”
As you all know, Ikom is like a corridor especially with the borders linking Nigeria with Cameron and because of the rich commerce here, people travel from far and wide thereby interacting with your people, except through support from organization like yours, as we work tirelessly to cover all the villages and hard to reach areas in the state, we are calling on other organizations and groups like yours to emulate your gesture especially for the safety of our people”
She went ahead to disclose Government’s commitment in fighting the pandemic which she said has yielded results so far, as the state alongside Kogi remains the only two states in the federation yet to record any confirmed cases of the virus.
“I must commend the effort of our dynamic governor, Senator Professor Ben Ayade for acting with all level of dedication and selfless service by providing vehicles and mobilizing manpower to block all entry points in the state especially the various villages here in Ikom and Etung close to the republic of Cameron. Government cannot do it all alone and that is why Primary Healthcare Agency have chosen to take advantage of the partnership with groups like yours to teach our people about their daily requirements to remain Covid-19 free”.
Recognizing the efforts of the Director General and the Primary Healthcare Agency, head of the delegation Reverend Uzondu Josiah said the PHC was chosen because of the level of professionalism it shows in handling disease outbreaks in the LGA and its grassroot oriented programs, it was necessary for the group to assist Government in fighting the pandemic.