To the people of Cross River State, Governor Ben Ayade’s patriotic intention to register more than one million people in 2020 through his laudable health programme, AyadeCare with additional plans of creating 12 millionaires from the health sector, is obviously an end of decade miracle. “Such has not happened since the rebirth of democratic government in 1999.” was the verdict of Akpan Udom, a Cross Riverian who spoke to OpenLife
To ensure positive agenda setting in the health sector in the year 2020, the Cross River State government, is to register one million people under its social health insurance scheme known as Ayadecare. In the same vein, to ensure health facilities in the state, are up and ready within the first 3 months in the new year, the state government intends to make 12 millionaires amongst the poor and vulnerable .
On the much awaited Calabar Pharmaceutical Company, the state government stated that the company will commence test-run operations within 6 months, in the new year while revealing that N 100 million naira has been made available for the smooth take off of the Ayadecare program in the state.
The measures, according to the state government will ensure the Ayadecare scheme commence fully in all its general hospitals and primary healthcare facilities one per ward across the state. It would be recalled that the Ayadecare scheme was signed into law by Governor Ben Ayade, in 2016, and was flagged off.
Disclosing this and other important plans of the government to reform the health sector in the state, the newly appointed commissioner of health, Dr Betta Edu, also revealed plans to introduce health lottery in the state where people can play and win monies. In addition, she stated that the state government would be using basic healthcare provision funds to fix all the healthcare centres in the state and would provide funds for their operations.
Further buttressing the determination of the state government, Dr Betta Edu, said there would an overhaul of the entire general hospitals in the state, as all the 15 general hospitals in the state have been placed on red alert.
In her words:”we intend to renovate, equip and bring doctors ànd healthcare workers on locum basics,employ some permanently into the service, employ house officers and collaborate with federal ministry of health, and teaching hospital residence to do their posting at our general hospitals. “to integrate the whole health sector including all the agencies in the health sector and help them to function effectively in no areas lacking behind.” She added
On the plan to create 12 millionaires, the commissioner said the millionaires will emerge when a person register up to 10 persons which will make them qualify to win the one million naira. The draws will be taking place every month thereby creating 12 millionaires at the end of the year.