Dr Ekpenyong tags Salah with Muslim community, advocates continued use of health services and prioritizing girls
To ensure inclusiveness, quality health and socio-economic progress, the Cross River State government has reached out to Muslims in the Nassarawa community of the Calabar City Council to provide medicines, food and other essential materials for area residents.
Chief Executive Officer of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, who led the team and accompanied some Health Care Development Agency staff state primaries, said it was part of the religious observance of Salah and a way to promote cultural and religious tolerance. in the state.
Addressing the beneficiaries who numbered in the hundreds, Dr. Ekpenyong appreciated them for always advancing the health policies of the state government by granting access to health workers in their communities during health campaigns.
She said such tolerance and acceptability has, over the years, contributed to Cross River’s impressive performance in national health interventions targeting especially children, women and vulnerable people.
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While also speaking in commemoration of the Day of the Girl, the DG encouraged them to ensure that their daughters enjoy the same privileges as their male children and are not deprived of their rights to education. education and quality health care.
She informed them that the governor’s wife, Dr. Linda Ayade, is committed to promoting and providing opportunities for women to thrive because when a girl is empowered, the whole community is empowered.
She thanked the community leaders and their religious leaders for always following the advocacy and plans of the government of Senator Ben Ayade towards the total eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases in the state.
She further called for the complete neglect of ancient barbaric practices like the patronage of traditional birth attendance in the community and the patronage of charlatans and unqualified health workers which she says are major contributing factors. to the high death rate in the state.
In her response, one of the community leaders, Mrs. Amina Muhammed, appreciated the General Manager for finding the time to always partner with them and practically advance the health care interventions in the Nasarawa community which is mainly occupied by the Hausa-Fulani ethnic group.
She promised to further mobilize her people to continue attending the available health facility which she says meets the required standards while applauding the efforts of the health workers assigned in the area.
The main activities were the distribution of welfare materials, the provision of health services, including vaccination against covid-19 and the sensitization of the population on certain basic health care needs.
Among the team that accompanied the DG were Mrs. Felicitas Boco, who encouraged women to always frequent the establishment, Mrs. Blessing Omachi, Mrs. Bassey Henshaw, among others.