The Permanent Secretary of the Cross River State Ministry of Health Obol Dr. Iwara Iwara earlier today received the World Health Organization (WHO) South South Zonal Coordinator Dr. Kolude Olufumilola to the State on an advocacy visit to ascertain the efforts made so far by the State in terms of her immunization activities and to enhance support by engaging with the State Government and the leadership of the health ministry to seek more collaboration and enhance their support in strengthening the health system of the State.
Speaking during her visit, Dr. Olufumilola commended the efforts of the State Government and the health ministry for her sterling records in the area of immunization that has ranked the State as one of the best in South South. “During and even before my visit, WHO is not ignorant of the State’s efforts and tremendous performance in the area of immunization as records shows that CRS is topping the list in terms of immunization and the Covid-19 vaccination exercise. The purpose of this advocacy visit is to see how we can continue to engage with the State Government and the leadership of the CRSMOH to seek more collaboration in enhancing/strengthening the State’s health system and to support PHC revitalization and integration of services coming on the hills of enhancing WHO support for routine immunization with the just concluded integrated measles vaccination on non polio supplementary activities. (Measles, Covid-19 and R.I).”
Dr. Kolude ended by congratulating the State for having a wider coverage in the measles/Covid-19 campaign and her recent award as the best performing State in South South Zone in terms of Covid-19 vaccination while pledging more support to the State in the area of Covid-19 vaccination, R.I and PHC integrated services even in security compromised, hard to reach and refugees areas.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health Obol Dr. Iwara Iwara in appreciation commended the steadfastness and reliability of the Organization to the State. “While I welcome you and your team to our dear State on behalf of the State Governor Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade, I wish to remind you that your organization’s reliability remains a top-notch, WHO has been of tremendous support to us especially in the area of immunization, Covid-19, measles amongst others.
Though we’ve enjoyed this support but the effect of the endsars vandalization leading to dilapidated buildings, lack of storage space, amongst others is beginning to tell on us as State. We are not ignorant of your services both at the primary and secondary facilities especially as it involves immunization and during the outbreak of Covid-19. We’re happy for the capacity building you’re carrying out for our people as we’re very ready to provide all the needed technical support to facilitate your work here in the State not forgetting the directives of the Deputy Governor to the commissioner for lands to facilitate an office space for you for proper accommodation.
Lack of adequate support for the secondary health facilities remains a major challenge to us as more concentration is given only to the primary health facilities. This can be achieved especially now that WHO has a wider mandate while I’ll continue to make out efforts for the organization to meet with the Deputy Governor soon.
In a vote of thanks, the WHO State Coordinator Dr. Ibrahim Salisu thanked on behalf of himself and his team the State for being proactive and for the warm reception as well as the cordial relationship they’ve enjoyed so far while assuring the ministry of more support, synergy and working relationship while thanking/appreciating the State on her wonderful performance in the area of immunization and Covid-19 vaccination.
With the Permanent Secretary during the advocacy visit was the Director of Administration Elder. Ayuk Nyam, Director of Nursing Services Dr. Pauline Obute, Director of Servicom Dr. Comfort Ekanem, DPRS Mr. Casmir Ugbong, Dr. Umar Pella of WHO and Dr. Jonah Offor Director of Public Health.