Directors of Primary Health Care (PHC) in 18 of Cross River State’s Local Government Areas have expressed concern about the state’s deteriorating healthcare system, particularly in its rural areas.
The Directors expressed their regret over the vehicles breaking down, which have impeded healthcare operations and prevented medical personnel from reaching the hinterlands’ residents.
The Directors also brought up the ongoing decline in the number of health professionals and the extremely low financing for their work in rural regions with state Deputy Governor Peter Odey, during their courtesy call.
On behalf of others, however, Yala Local administration’s PHC Director, Dr. Mrs. Augustina Okem, praised the newly elected state administration for its passion in repositioning basic healthcare in the state.
We would like to thank the state deputy governor for her efforts, as well as the administration, which is about to restructure the industry.
“We are pleased to see that efforts are being made to guarantee PHC receives funding and support in line with our programs.”
Mrs. Anthonia Owan, Okem’s counterpart in Ikom LGA, expressed her happiness at Odey’s kind greeting and prayed that God would use him to ease some of the difficulties they had been experiencing.
In response, Odey promised that as soon as their paper is received, the concerns raised will be promptly addressed.
“I want to reassure you that in order to revive the industry, quarterly inspections will be conducted. This has to do with enhancing working conditions and providing for unrest.
“My doors will always be open so that we can do a quarterly inspection to see what we’ve completed and what still needs to be done.”