The Director General, Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA), Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, has applauded the State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade for making healthcare centre-space in his visionary leadership, just as she commended the united efforts of the Atan Onoyom people in development cooperation. Ekpenyong who gave the
commendation when celebrating Christmas at Atan Onoyom in Odukpani local government area of Cross River, noted that, under the capable leadership of Sir Ben Ayade, the State has united efforts with the federal government, World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), among other numerous
stakeholders and partners, in sustaining the fight against childhood diseases in the State, particularly, in rural communities. She therefore, called on the people of the State, particularly, of Atan Onoyom extraction, to join hands with the Governor to add more value to life and development, while charging them also, to imbibe good health habits. “The Atan Onoyom Day, as we have observed, is aimed at fostering peace and unity among the people, even as it seeks to develop the entire community, so as such, it has become necessary for us as a people, to begin to seriously work out modalities that will attract more projects and programmes, in sustainable development, Dr. Ekpenyong, charged. She reiterated that it is clear that Sir Ayade is most passionate about the welfare of the generality of Cross Riverians, especially, those in rural communities, pointing out that, the Governor has demonstrated that in the several means of intervention projects and programmes and lots of Capital Development initiative still spreading across the State. The DG said further that, even though government has the mechanisms to make policies for the people, it also remains important that the people themselves cooperate with the government, as well as themselves, for any meaningful development to take place in their respective localities. She therefore, called on the traditional heads and entire community, to ensure that peace and order reign supreme in their respective domains, even as she dwelt on their health needs, noting, “That is why we are here to ensure that there is 100% compliance on the safety measures s directed by the federal government. “Federal government had given directives against large-crowd-events in the country, owing to Covid-19 pandemic challenge, so therefore, I have come to the community with my team to ensure that there strict compliance with laid-down COVID-19 pandemic protocols”, she disclosed. She stated further that, joining in the celebration was also to enable her and team to raise awareness on the need to maintain consciousness, as the federal government had announced the second wave of of the pandemic.