Cross River State government is taking delibrate efforts towards attaining universal health coverage in the nearest future as it commissions two health Facilities to meet the health needs of some rural dwellers.
Commissioning the facilities at Beten and Anyikang wards all in Bekwarra Local Government Area of Cross River State, the state Governor, Senator Prof Ben Ayade said, the importance of functional health Facilities in rural communities cannot be over emphasized as he said they are pointers to achieving a formidable health system in any Society.
Senator Ayade who was represented by the State’s Commissioner for International Development, Hon Dr Mrs Inyang Asibong said both Communities have shown strong will and desire to owning functional and operational Health Facilities aimed at meeting their health needs and improve their living standards.
The Governor further assured both Communities of bringing governance closer to them by citing more projects in rural Communities to make them feel the dividend of democracy.
Speaking earlier, the Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong praised the Governor for initiating and implementing people oriented projects especially in communities where the impact of Government has not been felt in the past.
Dr Ekpenyong therefore charged members of both communities to make judicious use of the Facilities by availing themselves the opportunity of seeking first class health services which is not just an alternative to traditional medicine, but most effective and precised to attend to their health needs.
“I must commend the Governor, Senator Ben Ayade who has ensured that everyone in Cross River State gain access to quality Healthcare, and that is why almost all communities in Cross River State can now boast of a health facility which is in line with the national health policy and a pointer towards attaining universal health Coverage.
It’s our mandate that everyone in our various communities gain access to health care without travelling very far and that is why we are over joyed that these two communities in Bekwarra will now utilize these facilities for their health needs.”
Dr Ekpenyong further charged members of both community to Safeguard the structures as well as protect the health workers who are poised to offering uncompromised services to them.
On his part, the Chairman of Bekwarra Local Government Area, Hon. Dr. Josephat Emeka acknowledged the Governor for showing keen interest in the health and welfare of the Bekwarra people as he also promised that both benefiting communities will make maximum utilization of both facilities and in turn help build a sustainable Health sector for the state and nation.
Members of both communities expressed their joy over the new new structures as they promised to guard the facilities and make adequate contributions towards it’s operations.
The project which was facilitated by the Community and Social Development Program is aimed at reaching out to rural community to enhance their standard of living.