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Cross River State Government Congratulates Nigeria on Attaining Polio Free Status

CorrectNewsNaija 06/29/2020

Cross River State Government Congratulates Nigeria on Polio Free Status.

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The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency,Dr Janet Ekpenyong has Congratulated health workers in the state for their steadfastness and commitments as the Nation recently attained a polio free status.


Ekpenyong made the commendation in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State while addressing health workers in the ongoing training of health workers on covid19 and other infectious diseases.

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The DG who said the status is well deserving,congratulated Health workers across the country and in particular staff of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency for their worthy and selfless services in reaching out to children across the country. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.


Dr Ekpenyong said,grassroot health workers are panacea for any nation to attain Universal Health Coverage and thus the worthy accolades being bestowed on them.


She however urged them to expand their scope of coverage and adopt newer techniques to encourage voluntary participation by parents and care givers to bring their wards for immunization.


"While some of us were in the office trying to make policies and attend to other administrative duties,you all rode on motor bikes,climbed hills and crossed bridges under harsh conditions to ensure that every child in Cross River State got immunized and the confirmation is that,Cross River State has been declared Polio free and that gave Nigeria the opportunity to attain the Status of a Polio Free Nation.


Today the nation has been declared polio free and I must congratulate every health worker out there for their dedication and professionalism especially those in Cross River State who have defiled nature's predictions and ensured 100% immunization coverage.

We all know how difficult our terranes are in Cross River and how unfavorable our weather could be,but all along the way,no health worker has every retired with an excuse.

We as a state can boost of the fact that from Katchuan Irruan in Boki down to Ikang in Bakassi Local Government Area,we have not seen any child with paralysis as an effect to poliomyelitis and its same commitment from our Health workers as we have seen for other vaccine preventable diseases.


I must thank the state Governor, His Excellency ,Senator Ben Ayade for facilitating and helping in mobilizing workers through the approval of various incentives to encourage workers move to the hinterlands to get our under 5 immunized.

We have a first lady ,Dr Linda Ayade who is also passionate about the lives and health of the people and that has spurred us into making greater achievements in the Health sector.


To the Chairman of the state immunization committee,our Deputy Governor,Professor Ivara Esu,for piloting the affairs of the state's immunization exercise and giving clearer leadership contributions which has manifested today.


I also want to use this opportunity to encourage every parent and caregivers out there to bring their kids and wards out for other immunization exercises which is currently on going in all 196 wards of Cross River State including Measles,Hepatitis, Tuberculosis among others.

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