…Donates relief materials
Over 27000 Refugees from Cameroon hosted in Cross River State for over 2 years on Wednesday received health talk, Immunisation, Lassa fever sensitization, cash donations, foodstuffs and medical equipments as the honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu and her team paid them a surprise visit.
The visit availed the Commissioner the opportunity to ascertain their standard of living, sanitation level and their possible areas of support need at the camp.
Also with her is the the Director-General, Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr Janet David Ekpenyong and the SA to the Governor on Health, Dr David Ushie
On arrival she met a child with high temperature which she immediately Tepid sponge and rushed to the nearest PHC facility.
Another young woman had just lost her husband there at the camp amongst other health challenges which was brought to her notice.
Addressing a crowd of Refugees in their various camps/communities, which is over 42 in number with more than 25 people living in a particular community, she appealed that they maintain a very high level of personal and environmental hygiene to avoid contacting diseases like Lassa Fever, Diarrhoea, Dysentery, Cholera, etc.
She assured them that the Prof. Sir Ben Ayade-led Government of Cross River State will continue to do more for them, as we provide health care through Ayade care and education as well as shelter and land for their temporal use and further advised themon the use of mosquito nets to prevent malaria.
While they await the reopening of their closed school within the camp, which is one of their numerous challenges mentioned, Dr Betta reassured them of government intervention.
Stressing on their health care, she also assured them that they’ll always get quick medical attention as anyone who falls sick should be taken to the nearest health facility.
The Commissioner, directed the health worker in charge of the camp to provide them with more LLLNs to prevent mosquitoes bites and to keep a regular check on them so they can always get the best of medical services as the government of Sir Ben Ayade will never relent in giving them every needed assistance and care.
Speaking during the visit, DG of CRSPHCDA Dr Ekpeyong, advised the care givers to ensure all their children get immunized as part of the on going National Immunisation Plus Days.
She also emphasized on the importance of ending vaccine preventable diseases.
The SA Health, Dr David Ushie, who was also in the camp to give support, said, More attention is required from the federal Government and international donor agencies to support the camp with food, support health insurance and livelihood of the refugees.