Cross River State Records Suspected Case Of Poliomyelitis

polio2A suspected case of poliomyelitis involving an infant, has been detected in Ekpene-Eki community of Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Signs of the disease were detected in one Anthony Edet Eyibio, whose aunt told Channels Television that it was noticed when he was about three months old.

She maintained that since the discovery of the symptoms in the child, he had remained without proper medical attention, as the only health facility in the area, seemed not to be able to handle the case.

She, therefore, pleaded with relevant health agencies to come to the aid of Anthony, in order to give him a better hope for the future as he seems to be abandoned by most people around him.

Dr Betta Edu

The Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu, however insisted that Cross River State remained polio free.

In order to clear all doubts, she maintained that, “a surveillance team has been called to get samples from the child in order to test and have a concrete cause of the partial paralysis”.

She then added that until the test results were released, which would take less than a week, the main reason for Anthony’s condition could not be placed.

Polio Free Nation

Amid the nation’s continuous efforts to eradicate the disease, it was reported that $400 million donor funds meant to manage polio in Nigeria had been stolen.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, denied the reports. 

Nigeria’s hope for a polio-free certification by the World Health Organzation (WHO), suffered a major setback in August, when four new cases of wild polio virus were discovered in Borno state.

Thereafter, polio outbreak response centres were launched in Yobe State, at selected check points across major towns in the state, with a view to tackling any case coming to the state.

The Yobe State Task force on routine immunisation, visited several communities within the two council areas.

Furthermore, the team encouraged residents to always go for the routine immunisation, while those who had missed out were advised to seize the opportunity of the house-to-house exercise to ensure their children received the vaccine.

7,000 Women Get Free Cancer Screening In Cross River

Cancer screening in Cross River stateAt least 7,000 women across the 18 local government areas of Cross River State have benefited from free breast screening.

It was a pink Tuesday in Calabar, the state capital as the breast cancer awareness was flagged off.

Scores of women and some men marched through the streets to educate residents on the need to prevent and control the disease that has killed thousands owing to late detection.

Children were not also left out as they danced to music while the older ones handed informative fliers to the people of the state.

Mammograms and ultrasound scans were carried out to detect and immediately treat any cancers found in the women.

A public health practitioner, Dr. Betta Edu, underscored the importance of examination even in the absence of symptoms.

Face Reality

A cancer specialist, Clement Sunday, also stressed that a high percentage of cancer deaths could be avoided if detected early and by modifying risk factors such as unhealthy diets.

“There are people who still live in self-denial that cancer does not exist. That has to change.

“People need to wake up and face the reality because if you don’t acknowledge a problem, it might be very difficult to fight that problem.

“The recent study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that about 100,000 people die of cancer every year in Nigeria,” he said.

The event was part of activities to mark the World Breast Cancer Day which is commemorated in solidarity with people who have lost their loved ones to cancer and those currently battling the deadly disease.

Avert Unnecessary Deaths

There were also activities in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, where the wife of State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, donated an ultra-modern cancer centre each at the general hospital in Abeokuta and Sango, as well as the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu area of the state.

For her, this was in a bid to avert unnecessary deaths as a result of cancer.

Mrs Amosun said that the development would enhance easy access to treatment against cervical and breast cancer by indigent women in Ogun State.

She expressed concern about the pandemic which had led to unnecessary deaths in the state and across the country.

The first lady further tasked stakeholders to take immediate and proactive measures in increasing awareness and treatment against the deadly disease.


We Are Committed To Ending Child Mortality In Rural Areas – C/Rivers Government

Cross River,
Governor of Cross River State, Mr Ben Ayade

The Cross River State Government says it is committed towards achieving the lowest minimum rate of maternal and child mortality in the rural areas.

To this effect, it is keeping fate with its new policy of providing at least one functional primary health care centre per ward across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.

Director General of the Cross River State Primary Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr Betta Edu, at the commissioning of a health post in Akamkpa Local Government Area urged the community to fully utilize the facility and shun prayer houses as well as traditional birth attendants.

Commissioning the brand new facility, complete with a solar panel and access to power, Dr Edu said government strongly discourages other means of giving birth besides the hospital.

She spoke on measures the state government has come up with to entice women into accepting the modern form of deliveries.

Some mothers at the Commissioning who either gave birth through the aid of traditional birth attendants and prayer houses said they are now better informed to have their next deliveries in the hospitals and expressed gratitude for the gesture.

The project was executed in collaboration with international partners.

Displaced Bakassi People Get Free Health Services

Bakassi, Cross RiverThe Cross River State Government is calling on the Federal Government as well as the International Community not to relent in its efforts towards rehabilitating the displaced Bakassi people.

The Director-General of the Cross River State Health Care Development Agency (CRSPHCDA), Dr Betta Edu, said that attention urgently needs to be given to the camp of the displaced people in order to give them adequate health attention to enable them live normal lives.

Dr Betta Edu was speaking while at the camp located at Saint Marks Primary and Secondary School in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state, where she led a team of health workers to render free health services.

It is over three years since the displaced Bakassi indigenes have been clustered in the camp following their eviction from their ancestral home.

Children, youths and the aged have had to endure series of harsh conditions in the camp environment which lacks basic amenities.

Dr Edu said that the decision to help was further informed by the discovery that 90% of the children in the camp were malnourished.

She added that their health conditions at a time when different diseases keep emanating called for the visit which was also to solicit help from the public.

Asides the free medical care given, the displaced persons were also given some relief materials.

Camp Leader of the displaced, while thanking the health workers, said that the Bakassi were an abandoned people who desperately need help from all quotas as they want to be able to stand on their own.