Cross River state expresses commitment to eliminate maternal, neonatal tetanus


The Cross River Government has expressed commitment to the elimination of maternal neonatal tetanus in the state.

Dr Betta Edu, the Director General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said this on Wednesday in Calabar, the state capital during a visit to the Commissioner for Education, Mr Goddy Eta.

According to Edu, the visit was to seek support and collaboration by intimating principals and students about the exercise.

She explained that the exercise would take place between March 27 and March 31 in 12 local government areas across the three Senatorial Districts in the state.

She said the state  Governor, Ben Ayade was committed to ensuring increased quality of life for residents of the state.

“By the grace of God, we have been delivering on our promises to the people and we are determined to do more in collaboration with development partners. Governor Ayade of the state places premium on the health of all residents in Cross River because he is a pro-health governor. Tetanus is a disease that the Federal and State Governments can eliminate with a committed effort. This administration will continue to support maternal neonatal tetanus elimination and elimination of other diseases that has increased neonatal mortality. We strive to make tremendous impacts on women and children; we implore the people to take full advantage of this intervention package,” Edu said.

Responding, Eta urged health workers to be diligent in their duties for success of government programmes.

He assured the agency of his support by ensuring that all schools are open for health workers during the period.

“I will give my utmost support to this exercise because a child that is healthy will live a super healthy life and will perform exceedingly well in school,’’ he said.

Bilkisu Pai