2019: National Assembly Members, Others Endorse Ayade’s Governorship Form 

  • Identifies the ’50 health sector exploits of Ayade’

Cross River State lawmakers in both National and state House of Assemblies have endorsed Governor Ben Ayade’s governorship form to return as the party standard bearer.

Performing the endorsement at the office of Team Ayade support group in Calabar were Senator Rose Oko, Hon. Daniel Asuquo, Hon. Mike Etaba, How. Legor Idagbo, Hon. Essien Ayi, Hon. Eta Mbora and Hon. Jarigbe Agom.

The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. John-Gaul Lebo led his colleagues’ lawmakers to also pen their endorsement of Governor Ayade.

Others were commissioners, Special Advisers and Senior Special Advisers.

Displaying the form before the mammoth crowd of party supporters, as well as other support groups who came to show solidarity, the Chief of Staff to Governor Ayade, Mr. Martin Orim said the massive support from the federal and state legislators was an affirmation of the Governor’s popularity and acceptability.

It would be recalled that some federal and state lawmakers had threatened legal action against the governor if he failed to seek a second term with a promise to purchase the PDP nomination form for him.

“Today, Team Ayade has made the form available with endorsement from lawmakers urging him to continue his good work beyond 2019 on the PDP platform.

“We recall that the day the governor was here to commission this office, the Team Ayade group had told him that he had done so well,  even as they urged him to run for another term.

“They went further to tell him that if he failed to do that, they would initiate a legal action against him, compelling him to run,” Orim said.

He continued: “When we heard that they had started selling forms in Abuja, we made a few calls to our stakeholders and put together money which was given to me and I led a team to Abuja to purchase the governorship form for our principal. This is very symbolic because it shows that we still stand by what we said to him.”

Aside the lawmakers and appointees, hundreds of supporters also thronged the office seeking to sign the endorsement columns.

The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Lebo who led members of the House of Assembly to sign said the twenty-five constituencies that make up the house have since endorsed the governor with his foot soldiers needing to focus on certain grey areas to ensure his victory at the polls in 2019.

The Speaker further stated that, “Beyond endorsements we need to go back to the field and work. We need to identify our low hanging fruits and we need to complete a lot of those low hanging fruits. We have achieved a lot in the high hanging fruits.”

Continuing, he said: “I want to assure you that across the 25 state constituencies, the governor will go round, attend town hall meetings, listen to the people, look at what they identify as low hanging fruits, complete them and win their confidence.”

Earlier, the acting Director General of the campaign group, Mr. George O’ben-Etchi had said there were many reasons why Governor Ayade, which he described as the “50 Health Sector Exploits of Ayade.”

He said Ayade has led the state to receive several awards at the international and national levels as the Best Performing state in health.

The recent World Bank award was in recognition of the effort of the State Government in combating diseases and health challenges in the state across board.

Cross River State is today unarguably the best State in the South-South region with the track record of breaking new grounds and reaching new heights with the shrewdness and innovativeness of the highly competent workforce manning the health sector.

Here are Ayade’s (50) Health exploits:

1.Creation of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

2.Creation of Climate change Department in the Cross River State Ministry of Health.

  1. Establishment of Cross River State Public Hospital Management Board.
  2. Revision of Cross River State Strategic Health Development Plan.
  3. Establishment of General Hospital Bekwara through Public Private Partnership (PPP).
  4. Establishment of General Hospital Obudu through PPP.
  5. Establishment of Clinical Governance and e-health in all the secondary health facilities in the state and focal persons appointed Protecting patients right whilst supporting who practice it.
  6. Repairs of Ambulances and other serviceable vehicles that have been in a state of disrepair for years (Refurbishment of dilapidated vehicles.

9 Successful celebration of world Health, HIV Day, Malaria amongst others.

  1. Renovation of 196 PHC facilities and equipment of medical equipment, solar power refrigerators and motorised boreholes example, Enegheje PHC, Ikom CHC, Calabar south, etc….
  2. Activities for the establishment of Calabar specialist Hospital in progress.
  3. Establishment of Cross River State Public /Private Hospital .

13.Accreditation of General Hospital Calabar for Houseman ship training.

  1. Continuous Training of House officers.
  2. Availability of additional hostel for all medical officers- Dilapidated 16 Room hostel block at 7 Esighi Street Calabar renovated to provide accommodation for doctors on houseman ship at General hospital Calabar.
  3. Upgrading of three clinical laboratories in General Hospital, Calabar, Dr Lawrence Memorial Hospital Calabar and St Joseph Hospital, ikot Ene with Automated equipment in line with NBTE standard.
  4. Functional hemodialysis unit in General hospital, Calabar.
  5. Activation of Endoscopy unit at General hospital, Calabar.
  6. Provision of Functional X-ray equipment in four state General hospital, (Ukem) Odukpani, Calabar, Ugep and Ogoja.

20.Free health care to pregnant women and children less than five years.

21.Establishment and passage of enabling law by the state house Assembly for the implementation of Cross River State NHIS in collaboration with Health financing and Governance.

22.Functional eye care hospital at college of Health Technology and General hospital Calabar where number of surgeries performed increasing from 5, 223 in 2014 to 29,192 in 2017 representing 458.42% increment.

23.Functional multi drugs resistance Tuberculosis treatment unit second to one in South Africa at Dr Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Hospital, Calabar.

24.Inauguration of TB/HIV Technical Working Group.

  1. Inauguration of the NTD Technical Advisory committee.
  2. Zero morbidity from Guinea worm infection.
  3. Establishment of Response Team for the lasser fever.

28.Establishment perinatal Diseases Surveillance Response.

29.Engagement of 15 private sector Community pharmacists in collaboration with HU – PAC to provide pharmaceutical services in HIV /AIDS management and tuberculosis care.

  1. Registration of 700 patent medicine vendors and 53 pharmacists Council of Nigeria representing 75% increase.

31.Collaboration with Tourism bureau to aid licensing of hospitality establishment.

  1. Procurement of drugs centrally through the Cross River State Essential Drugs Programme for all public health institutions in the state.
  2. Full accreditation for the Six schools of midwifery and schools of Nursing in the state.

34.Award of scholarship to Nurse Tutors in Training Institutions for the regain of Accreditations

35√Implementation of Task shifting /sharing policy by training 50 Nurses and midwives in the 10 pilot LGAS of the State on treatment of both pre eclampsia and eclampsia as well as training 50 Nurses and midwives and 50 CHEWS /CHO on newborn care.

36.Establishment of Human Resource for Health unit in PRS State Ministry of Health.

37.Bridging the missing gap between partners, Donors and NGOs in health.

38.Development of ward/community Committees across the State.

39.Donation of lands for building of Health facilities across the LGAs under World Bank Assisted Community and social development programme.

40.Commissioning of VVF centre at Calabar and renovation of VVF Centre at Calabar and Ogoja with repairs and reintegration of over 300 Fistula patients across the State.

41.Leading fight against NTDs towards the 2020 elimination where the State Governor made a presentation at the NTDs forum in Geneva, Switzerland with nomination of Dr Inyang Asibong, CRS Commissioner for Health as a member of the WHO International Working Group on Investment for Impact.

42.The only state in the South South to win the bid for the MTNF support projects. This follows the renovation and handover of the postnatal ward of three general hospitals – Calabar, Ugep and Ogoja.

43.Establishment of youth and adolescents friendly centres as well as rape and drugs enlightenment centre in General Hospital, Calabar.

44.Partnership with the Mediatrix Development foundation (MDF) HE Dr Linda Ayade pet project, Nigerian army, Nigerian Army wives Association, Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), CRS Chapter, professional bodies and organisations, Lions Club, Rotary club and other partners and NGOs to carry medical outreaches, treatment and humanitarian services.

  1. Lifting of the employment ban in the state health sector.

46.Beefing up boarders’ security in collaboration with the WHO to curb disease migration and influx.

47.Inauguration of the CalaPharm board and the official start off of the CalaPharm project.

  1. Launching of Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, first in the Southern State of Nigeria and 4th in the country / Donation of Vehicles to tackle outbreaks.
  2. Guided Obanliku LGA to becoming the first LGA in west Africa to be certified open Defection free.

50.Guided Calabar Municipal to becoming first city in the world close to achieving 90:90:90 HIV /AID target, and guiding the State to emerging State with best child survival indices in the country in a survey carried out by UNICEF.

The State has won awards from WHO , Federal Government, This day Newpaper, Independent Newpaper, Cross River watch among others as the best performing state on Key Maternal newborn and child health indicators .

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