By: ENEJI, Simon Ushie.
The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong has applauded the Directors of Local Government Health Authorities in the state for the numerous successes recorded in 2021 while also demanding improved services in the coming years.
Dr Ekpenyong made the commendation in Calabar while hosting the various Directors to an end of the year review assessment meeting/ 2022 frame work design for the Primary Healthcare Agency.
She said, the year under review (2021) has been among the most productive years in the history of the state’s Primary Healthcare Agency as it recorded more clients patronage, community engagement, local and National recognition as well as debited contributions from health workers .
She urged them to maintain the tempo cum 2022 as she said, noting that, much consolidations will be made on the already established successes as well as developing newer templates that can be replicated in any part of the world.
She promised improved welfare for health workers as well as recognition for outstanding staff who distinguishes themselves in their areas of discipline.
“My dear Directors, I wish to congratulate you all for the hard work and sacrifices all through the year 2021, this is indeed one of the best years since the inception of the Primary Healthcare Agency in the state.
This year, we have recorded an unprecedented turn out in our various health centers with many clients voluntarily seeking wide range of Services including Antenatal, family planning, Nutrition, Immunization amongst others which before now recorded low turn out.
This i know is as a result of the delibrate efforts and unity we all developed to ensure that, nobody is left unattended to whether they are in the village or in the town, our goal is to achieve zero deaths so long as it can be avoided.
I want to congratulate you all for fostering a working relationship with your traditional leaders, religious leaders and other stakeholders because without their support, we wouldn’t have gained access into the various communities where high impact services were enjoyed by the locals.
In 2021, we came top in many services across the nation of Nigeria, we had the best results in covid-19 first phase vaccination, all of our complimentary programs like the Maternal New Born and child Health week , outbreak response , routine immunization were successful and today, many states have adopted our model, I am proud of you all.
In 2022, I want us to remain committed to duty, we need to maintain our place as one of the best Primary Healthcare Agency in the country and by so doing, posterity will remember this team forever., we need to reactivate our social mobilization team to ensure that in all villages our presence are felt.
I implore you all to give your best to support our dear governor, senator Prof Ben Ayade, His dear wife, Dr Linda Ayade, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu and to remember that, as health workers, we owe huge services to our state and the whole of humanity”.
Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, chairman of the forum and Director of Local Government Health Authority Yala, Mrs Anthonia Owan thanked the DG for her transparent leadership style which has forced them to give in their best at all times.
She promised that the state will continue to lead in terms of rural and Community health care services.
It was an opportunity for then to also share their challenges, which the Director General promised to support them. In attendance were the 18 Local Government Area Directors, some directors in the State Primary Healthcare Agency.