“CRS Emergency Operation Center Rated One Of The Best And Active In Nigeria As Stated By The FMOH“
The legacies of the immediate past commissioner for health Dr. Betta Edu still remain active as sustained by the outstanding and result oriented Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Iwara Iwara
Cross River Emergency Operation center has remained one of the best right from when the country experienced the Covid-19 global pandemic. This has again been reconfirmed by the team from the Federal Ministry of Health led by Dr. Daramola Olakunle.
In a visit to carry out the Public Health Emergency Operation Center Assessment and data collection, the team led by Dr. Olakunle reinstated their excitement over how the State’s EOC has been maintained and actually upgraded from the last time of their Visit. “We are here as directed by the Minister for Health to assess the progress of the PHEOC of the state and to ascertain data collection, assessment and evaluation to enable us know the areas to strengthen. In all our visits, Cross River Emergency Operation center still remains one of the best and outstanding which means they was adequate plans for sustainability by the immediate past health commissioner.
“The present leadership is leaving up to expectations and we’re very much impressed. A few of our observations that didn’t really go down well with us as stated earlier is the level of security which is a bit poor as well as the location of the Cross River Emergency Operation center building which is in the middle of two schools, but most applauding is the constant/regular meetings held by the State EOC and her large membership which cuts across major and relevant stakeholders within and outside the health sector. We applaud the state and her management team for this high level of consistency and efforts so far.”
Reacting, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Iwara Iwara expressed his happiness to have the team come to CRS as he welcomed them on behalf of the State Governor Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade. “We’re grateful to have you visit us and on behalf of the leadership of our amiable Governor Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, we welcome you and your team to CRS, the people’s paradise.
“Am happy you’ve come to see for yourself the challenges we’ve been facing as a state judging from the huge resources the state has sacrificed to keep the EOC running and functional, we’ve heard both the positive and negative side of your observations/assessment and I make bold to assure you that we’ll keep doing our best to procure solutions to the challenges. Am quite aware that the EOC building/structure isn’t adequate enough but this was due to the prompt emergence of the Covid-19 outbreak, they was need for the state to setup something as soon as possible and with our efforts we became very outstanding in the country being the last State to record any confirmed case of Covid-19.
“There’s going to be a roboust budget to carry in the EOC as they’re adequate arrangement for documentation and plans are in place to expand and get the place more secured. We’ll ensure regular reportage of data especially on immunization activities with an appropriate linkage/synergy between the EOC and the situation room to ensure data recording accuracy.”
On her part, the PHC Director of disease Control Madam Joy Chabo who spoke on behalf of the DG of the CRSPHCDA Dr. Janet Ekpenyong reassured the team of the agency’s readiness and commitment to continue to collaborate with the State epidemiologist to ensure adequate data collection and submission with the situation room.
With the Permanent Secretary during the meeting was the Director of Administration Barr. John Odu, Director of Medical and Dental Services Dr. Itam Essien, the State Epidemiologist Pst. Inyang Ekpenyong, the DPRS Mr. Casmir Ukpong and Dr. Offor