As part of its effort to check malnutrition in the state, the Cross River State Government has said that it would distribute vitamin A supplements and others to children in 447 communities.
Dr. Betta Edu, Director-General of Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, has said that there were plans to ensure that at least 196 primary healthcare centres were upgraded to become functional.
According to Edu, the supplements will be distributed to children in places that cannot be accessed by roads, although Edu did not state if there was a malnutrition crisis in the state, she noted that the move is to reduce the number of kids suffering from certain deficiencies in the rural areas.
She has said that “We are taking health care to the hinterlands. We will be distributing Vitamin A and other nutrient supplementation across the state. This is to reduce the number of children in Cross River State that are suffering from malnutrition and other specific nutrients deficiencies. We are getting across to them by reducing malnutrition as well as maternal and child mortality.”
Speaking on the PHCs across the 196 wards in the 18 local government areas of the state,
Edu has said that the state government was poised to achieving 50 per cent coverage in 2017 and that the Federal Government had already ignited the process through the promise of President Muhammadu Buhari to establish 109 functional PHCs in all the senatorial districts in the country.  “At the level of the state, the government is poised to achieve at least 50 health centres in 50 wards out of the 196 wards. We had done five last year and we want to do 50 this year. It is not as if we are building new ones, but we are renovating, equipping and recruiting the right mix of staff. We are also ensuring that they can offer different healthcare services.”

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