By: Kenneth Anam.
The streets and suburbs of Calabar went agog as the Cross River State Ministry of Health alongside other partners, agencies and health Organizations graced the streets in display of eventful and colorful spree to celebrate The World Health Organization (WHO) a topmost ranking Non Governmental Organization as she marked her “Diamond White” jubilee anniversary of 75 years of meritorious services to humanity.
The event which was themed “Walk the Talk” witnessed a 7km health walk to celebrate World Health Organization (WHO) who will officially mark her 75th anniversary on the 7th of April in celebration of her unending and unrelenting supports to countries across the globe witnessed beehives of activities and soul thrilling success stories.
On the 7th of April 2023 ̶The World Health Day ̶ the World Health Organization will observe its 75th anniversary. In 1948, countries of the world came together and founded WHO to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health and well-being.
This dream which has seen all works of live join the WHO on a journey to achieve Health For All and to motivate action to tackle the health challenges of today and tomorrow has witnessed milestones achievements and memorable moments that has aided in serving lives through quality health initiatives and interventions.
The event which had the Commissioner for Health, Permanent secretary, all Directors, Heads of units and Focal Persons in charge of Health programs in the State in attendance, kicked off at the Mary Slessor Roundabout in the early hours of the day and saw a carnival walk of advocacy and health sensitization through the routes which ended at NAKS Hotel Pavilion, Ndidem Usang Iso Road Calabar.
Speaking at the event the Commissioner for Health Dr. Janet Ekpenyong who was in an estatic mode said the walk was organized to signify our resolve to continue to support “Health for All” as the mandate for which WHO is known for above all a way of sending a message of solidarity and unfettered commitment to the WHO who have been a faithful and worthy partner to the state over the past decades through their unwavering supports and commitments to saving lives.
The Commissioner appreciated all partners present at the event as she further eulogized and lauded the WHO for being so consistent and supportive in tackling diseases, building capacity and improving interventions and health services from immunization,support programs and lots more. She however ceased the opportunity to solicit more support from the Organization for the state even as she pledged that the Cross River State Government through her office will continually provide enabling environment and necessary partnership for them to thrive in their implementations and goals .
Also speaking at the event, the State cordinator for WHO Dr. Olatunde Yewande revealed that the activity will not end only in the capital city but will snowball to other parts of the state like Ogoja Local Government Area on Tuesday in Collaboration with other partners to ensure that everyone in Cross River State irrespective of social status are carried along and have access to health in line with the general program of work and Sustainable Development Goals that have been set to enhance “Health for All”.
She however thanked the Cross River State Government for her total cooperation and supports in ensuring they play the role of good partners as they’ve always been at the organization’s beck and call thereby proffering a seamless stay and operation for their various projects and implementations.
Also present at the event were PS SMOH, DIRECTORS AND STAFF OF SMOH AND SPHCDA, NANNM Chairman, NHIS, NPHCDA, RED CROSS, Heartland alliance and others.
Memorable moments accompanied by photo ops to mark the epoch event followed suit with preparations for other activities scheduled to take place in the coming days.
Hearty Congratulations to WHO on this milestone celebration and wishing them more fruitful, successful and impactful years of services to humanity.