Ekpenyong decries attack on Health Facilities,Calls for Calm Among Aggrieved Bodies
Events of the last few days have been impactful both negatively and positively, many lessons have been learnt and new approaches will be adopted to forestall a reoccurrence in the future to avoid a near breakdown of law and order in the state.
In the past few days, many unsuspecting youths took advantage of the nationwide peaceful protest over demands for good governance and accountability to cause havoc, looting, vandalizing and setting ablaze Government and private Properties for reasons best known to them.
The Primary Healthcare Development Agency , the mandated body for the provision of quality, affordable and accessible healthcare services to people in the grassroot was not spared, with the Agency as a body and it’s workers counting their losses.
No fewer than four Local Government Areas of Akpabuyo,Bakassi, Calabar Municipal and Calabar South were badly affected with Offices, Primary Healthcare Centres, drug stores, records store, Cold chain stores, staff quarters , medical utilities and stationaries stolen and others destroyed beyond repairs.
Inspecting some of the affected facilities in Calabar Municipal and Calabar South LGAs to ascertain the level of Damages done and to see ways of proferring Immediate solutions, the Director General of the Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong frowned at the level of destruction vented upon the health sector especially the Primary Health as she calls for calm among aggrived parties .
Dr Ekpenyong who described the health sector as the most fragile component of every Government, urged citizens to guide it’s facilities and equipment jealously, as she said, it is the most effective component of every economy and zero revenue generating body targeted at providing succor to citizens.
“It’s quite unfortunate that our health Facilities in various LGAs became target for some aggrieved youths who were expressing their frustrations just like some of their contemporaries across the nation. Its hightime we realize that the health sector is so fragile and any form of jeopardy could result in a catastrophic effect beyond control.
Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency is not a revenue generating body, all we do is offer services especially to those in remote Communities and the Vulnerable.
I understand their frustrations, but unfortunately, even if they themselves are not affected directly, their mothers, wives, children and loved ones will feel the impact and that is why I urge everyone to down their tools and seek ways of meeting compromise with Government.
I want to commend the efforts and the doggedness of His Excellency, Senator Prof Ben Ayade for ensuring that our state returns to it’s peaceful nature to get our state working effectively again”.
On the level of damage recorded, the DG regretted the amount and value of infrastructure and commodities destroyed even as she applauded the youths for not hurting health workers in the process.
“We lost a lot of things like generating sets, solar panels, ice pack refrigerators, stationaries and personal valuables belonging to our workers .
We will ensure that as prompt as possible, we will get our workers back to the field to provide services especially Immunization for our children as well as maternal and child health services”.