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Cross River commits to MDGs

24 March 2014, 11:16

Calabar - Cross River State Governor, Lyle Imoke, has assured that the state was committed to meeting its millennium development goals targets.

He gave the assurance when he received Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Perry Calderwood, at Government House in Calabar.

He said the state government’s main focus was to intensify its concern for pregnant women and children less than five years who were the most vulnerable in the society to have adequate access to health care.

“We have instituted a free health care programme which is being supervised by Ministry of Social Welfare, which is intended to create access for children and good number of mothers. We have increased significantly to 1 200 health facilities and over 500 health offices coupled with aggressive programme to ensure it succeeds as our budget for primary health is independent and free from that of Ministry of Health though, in partnership with local government.

"We hope the various health care delivery programmes being put in place by the state will make it a model for a strong partnership and the transfer of knowledge derived from the partnership will make Cross River center of excellence,” said Imoke.

Imoke described the visit by the Canadian envoy as the first of many to the state.

He commended the good work Canadian government was doing in the state to support its effort in health delivering system, adding that it is not just the support but the impact which it had been created.

Calderwood said he was in the state to inspect some Canadian government assisted projects.

He commended the Cross River State Government for undertaking an aggressive health care delivery system to better the lots of its citizens.

– CAJ News

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