The Cross River State government has pledged to deploy continued advocacy to eradicate prevalent childhood diseases particularly maternal, neonatal and tetanus diseases.
This is in line with the government’s determination towards eliminating diseases that affect residents in the state.
Director General DG of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu made this known in Calabar during an advocacy visit to the State Commissioner for Education Mr. Godwin Ettah during another round of the maternal neonatal tetanus elimination week.
The DG maintained that the Agency’s visit to the ministry is to seek support and collaboration to intimate Principals and students about the 2nd Round MNTE Exercise eligible to students from 15 to 49 years old stressing that the exercise is to help in the elimination of neonatal tetanus.
She said, “By the grace of God, the Governor has delivered almost all the promises which he made to the people and so is determined to do more.
“We need you to grant us access to persons within the age limit that are still in school as well as collaborate with the Obolopon of Ugep, since Yakurr is among the 12 LGAs where the activities will take place.
“This administration will continue to support maternal neonatal tetanus elimination and elimination of other diseases that have increased neonatal mortality.
“We strive to make tremendous impacts on women and children; we implore the people to take full advantage of this intervention package,” Edu said.
She noted that the exercise will take place in 12 LGAs across the three senatorial districts beginning from 27th through 31st March, 2019.
The DG Edu reassured that the government is committed to ensuring that the quality of lives of the people improves in line with the governor’s campaign promises.
In his reaction, Dr. Godwin Ettah charged health workers in the state to be committed to their duties in order to uplift the state.
He assured the DG of his support for the exercise by ensuring that all schools are open for health workers, saying “’a child that is healthy will live a super healthy life and will perform exceedingly well in school”.