CROSS STATE GOVT. TAKE PRIMARY HEALTH TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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The first ever effective leadership; management and coordination in health care for Cross River State Ministry of Health and primary Health Care Development Agency organized by Pathfinder International was held at Le Meridian Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.
The Training which is solely targeted at top leadership of the Cross River State Ministry of Health and allied parastatals – CRSPHCDA and Health Management Board (HMB) is aimed at improving health outcome in the state with a methodology of short lectures, case studies/video presentations as well as individual and group assignment has been declared open by Dr. Inyang Asibong, the Hon. Commissioner for health ably supported by her 2nd in command Dr. Betta Edu, Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA).
Declaring the event open, the she said the State Government is appreciative of Pathfinder International involvement in building capacity of management cadre in the health sector of Cross River state. The workshop which is aimed at strengthening health system and producing better results will churn out great leaders who will carry others along to achieve every set goals and objectives.
Meanwhile Dr. Farouk Jega, the country’s Director of Pathfinder International in his opening remark has expressed confidence with the state team especially in their leadership prowess and announced that the state has beat the bench mark set by Pathfinder International. His presentation showed that the target of USAID funded saving mother giving life interventions was to reduce maternal mortality by 15% and perinatal mortality by 10% from the base line studies done in 2015. However, he was happy to note that they have surpassed expectations by reducing maternal mortality by 35% and perinatal mortality by 28% in those SMGL supported facilities. This shows that SMGL interventions hold solutions to our problems if we scale up.
While he acknowledge the challenges in the country’s health sector, which include politics, poor human resource, health governance/financing and government policies amongst others, Dr Jega says he has no cause for worry as this articulated and strategic training for CRS health stakeholders will even crop those challenges eventually.
Dr Betta Edu, in her remarks said leadership drive of the state is undergoing some revolution with the coming of Governor Ben Ayade, who has questioned the status quo and empowered those under him to believe in infinite possibilities! She admonished those in the health sector to be more committed in achieving their ultimate goal which is universal Health coverage; providing health care for all in Cross River State. ” let funding constraints never becloud your ability to make progress, get innovative, push the limitations, break boundaries and achieve targets”.
Dr Bassey per sec SMOH, spoke on supervision and monitoring as well as Ayade Care. Other participants include Board Secretary CRSPHCDA, perm sec CRSPHCDA amongst others.

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