Eneji Simon Ushie
The Lion’s Club of Nigera, District 404, Atakpa Division headed by Lioness (Mrs) Osadebe, have renovated and handed over the Primary Healthcare Centre Ewa Ekeng to the Cross River State Government for use as part of their Community Development Program for the 2020/2021 service year.
The Facility which was vandalized with some facility equipment looted in October 2020 during the #EndSARS protest, was temporarily shut down due to security threat and lack of working equipment.
Speaking on behalf of the State Government, the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu applauded the Club for rising to assist government and the community in returning quality healthcare services to the people.
She lauded the numerous contributions the club have made to the state health sector in the past one year among which are the renovation of the Ediba Primary Healthcare Centre, the renovation of the Eye Care Clinic at the state General Hospital Calabar and the Ewa Ekeng facility, among others.
She said the state will continue to ensure that quality healthcare delivery is assured for over 70% of the populace by engaging individuals and groups to take up responsibility of building, equiping and maintaining health facilities across the state.
In her remarks, Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong assured the Club and members of the community of improved manpower deployment to the facility to meet the growing population needs.
She called on the traditional and youth leaders to take ownership of the facility by providing adequate and all round security to prevent a reoccurrence of the destruction which befell it in 2020.
She urged caregivers to intensify their surveillance in the community to check for pregnant women and to encourage them to attend antenatal classes and to discontinue the patronage of traditional birth attendants.
Speaking during the official commissioning of the facility, District 404A2 Governor, Lion Sunny Eloma, said the Club’s choice of healthcare facility intervention was borne from the numerous achievements and priority the state places on the quality of service to its people.
He assured the government of the Club’s continued and improved investments into the health sector, as he promised an immediate commencement of work for the provision of a two-room residential quarters for health workers, alternative source of power as well as water supply.
Some members of the community thanked the government and leadership of the Lion’s Club for the rapid fixing of the facility which they said will be well utilized and protected.
In attendance were the Chairman of Calabar South Local Government Area who was represented by the Director of Local Government Health Authority, Mrs Emem Achibong, traditional leaders, President of Atakpa Lion’s Club, Lions, Leos, health workers and nursing mothers.