The Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has eulogized the roles of nurses in the various healthcare facilities that enabled the state government to provide necessary healthcare services to the citizens.
Dr. Martin Akpan, who appreciated the nurses when the leadership of the state chapter of the Forum of Local Government Nurses (FOLGON) paid him a courtesy visit in his office, remarked that without the sacrificial effort of the nurses at the Primary Health Care Centres, it would have been difficult for government to achieve its success at that level.
The AKSPHCDA's helmsman noted that the visit of the nurses was an honour to the agency which he assured, was not resting on its oars to ameliorate the challenges faced by the healthcare workers at the PHC facilities.
Akpan pointed out that the health sector which he treasures so much requires more team work to attain the positive change to restore the confidence of the citizens, adding that the attitude of health workers must be positive to their clients.
Hear him: "When health workers are hospitable to pregnant women, they will return to the primary healthcare centres not to Traditional Birth Attendants, adding "prayer houses should concentrate on deliverance and allow deliveries for the health centres.
He assured that the agency would continue to partner the nurses in all the processes of revitalization of PHCs and added that when the agency begins to access funds from the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF), the state government will be eased from some financial burdens just as he commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for the tremendous transformation of the state's health sector.
Earlier in her speech, the chairman of FOLGON in the state, Mrs. Sarah Bata, said the forum was at the agency to intimate of its existence having been formally constituted on August 19, 2020, just as she used the opportunity to commend the agency's boss on his efforts in revitalizing the primary healthcare centres.
While pledging the resolve of the nurses to sincerely serve the citizens, the FOLGON chairman enjoined the agency to assist the forum in trainings and other forms of capacity building , such as conferences for the development of the nurses and improved healthcare services.
The executive secretary of the agency, Dr Mrs Eno Attah, director, Planning and Research, Mr Lawrence Obo, director, Accounts, Mrs Mfon Essien, director, Administration, Mrs. Regina Udoukpo and some exco members of FOLGON were on hand to grace the event.