By: ENEJI, Simon Ushie.
The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong has congratulated Men on the Occasion of Fathers Day celebration describing them as “Health Conscious Fathers and Catalysts of Universal Health Coverage in the 21st Century”.
In a message titled “Fathers, the Support System to Quality Healthcare Delivery and Partners to Actualizing Universal Health Coverage”, the DG noted that, the true results of health intervention and programs lies in the support of men who serve as catalysts to both their wives and Children.
According to her, with the roles and privileges assigned to men in the society, the approval or disapproval of men in the utilization of health facilities by their wives and Children can play a major role in either building or destroying the foundation of quality healthcare for all.
She urged men to continually allow their wives to seek medical attention in health facilities rather than encourage them to seek traditional medicines especially during pregnancy, child birth and early stages of breastfeeding.
“To all Husbands, Fathers , Brothers ,and supporting male figures who promote women and children get appropriate and undeniable access to health facilities, today we celebrate you specially and unequivocally.
With regards to the authority and roles played by men in our society, many women must get approval from their spouses before seeking for medical assistance in health facilities, this in its form is a compelling factor to men being decisive in the optimal actualization of 100% results in health interventions and programs.
We want to appreciate all the men who by virtue of love and matter of self esteem assist their wives in the registration process during antenatal services, childbirth, Immunization for their children, Truely, they are the real champions of quality healthcare delivery and a loud voice in the actualization of Universal Health Coverage in this 21st century.
From all of us in the health sector, we wish to encourage you to continue to stand by your wives, sisters, friends and women around you to see that issues of maternal and child mortality becomes a thing of the past in our beloved Communities and God given state.
Congratulations and Happy Fathers day once again”.