The Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong has commissioned a primary healthcare centre at the premises of the famous Hope Waddell Training Institute Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.
The facility which was built and equipped by the Old Boys Association of the school is to provide health intervention and services to staff, students and members of the host community.
Speaking during the ceremony, the DG described the gesture as befitting and estimable, noting that the attainment of Universal Health Coverage has become everybody’s responsibility both in rural and urban areas.
Dr Ekpenyong further applauded the Old Boys Association, stating that the gesture is worth emulating by both individuals and groups.
She encouraged other Alumni to give back to their Alma mater and health should be prioritized in order to assist government in the provision of efficient health care services and strengthening of school health programmes.
She assured them of 100 per cent support from the state government, adding that the facility will enjoy all privileges like every other Primary Healthcare Centres in the state.
“I am very excited to see this building, I commend the Hope Wadell Old Boys Association for this project which has direct effect not just on students alone but for staff and those who stay around this area.
“As part of the collaboration with the state government, we have already sent two staff to man the facility and I assure you that whatever is being enjoyed in other facilities, same will be enjoyed here”.
In their separate remarks, the Principal of the school, Mr Okon Onoyom Ita, as well as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Dr Joseph Bassey, executive and members of the Hope Waddell Old Boys Association, thanked the Director General and the State Government for the prompt response in getting the facility to work.
In attendance were the Director of Local Government Health Authority, Calabar Municipal, Mrs Blessing Omachi, Director of Community and Family Health Services, Mrs Sally Enyim, Ward Focal Person for Ikot Effanga, Mrs Christy Iwara as well as staff of the Hope Wadell Training Institute, and some Old Boys.