The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has commended the the Cross River State Government for their efforts in tackling disease outbreaks in the State. This was disclosed by the NCDC Boss who was in the State on a working visit following the stellar performance of the Cross River State Ministry of Health which has led to the proposal to install an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in the State.
“I’m in Calabar to look at the great work of the Cross River State Ministry of Health and see how we can support the Commissioner and the people of Cross River State to address all the public health challenges in terms of surveillance which is a key function of NCDC, Public Health laboratory architecture as well as opportunity for emergency preparedness and response as Nigeria responds to various outbreaks”, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said.
He further revealed that a truck loaded with PPEs was enroute Calabar and gave a four weeks estimation for the completion of the proposed Emergency Operation Center (EOC) upon commencement.
The Honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong, thanked the team for coming and pointed that despite the commendations the Ministry has received there’s still a lot to be done.
“The State is delighted to have the NCDC team led by the CEO, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, on this very important working visit, we look forward to working with you as well especially in the area of creating a working public Health laboratory in the State.
“Despite the commendations from Dr. Chikwe and his Team, the Cross River State Ministry of Health is committed to ensuring the State is constantly striving for the best. Thanks to His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade, the Governor of the State for making health a top priority in the State”, Dr. Inyang Asibong said.
Consequent on this visit, the State will receive a team of experts from the NCDC to conduct trainings on health workers on the technicalities of the EOC for three weeks. This is in response to the request of the Honorable Commissioner on the need for continuous training of Health Workers in the State.
The team were taken across some facilities within the Calabar metropolis including the proposed site for the Digital EOC, the Reference laboratory of the Cross River State Ministry of Health as well as the Essential Drugstore. It is worthy to note here that Cross River State is among the 6 States in the country mapped out in the first phase for the creation of a Digital EOC.
Other notable presence at the briefing included the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health; Dr. Joseph Bassey, the Director of Public Health; Dr. Iwara Iwara, that of Medical Services; Dr. Etim Essien, Director of SAPC; Mr Patrick Mgbe, The State Epidemiologist; Mrs. Patience Uke among others.