Cross River State Agency for Control of AIDS (CRSACA) yesterday received a vehicle from Society for Family Health in presence of collaborating partners DFID, CRSMOH, CRSPHCDA.
Speaking, the Honorable Commissioner of Health Dr Inyang Asibong said DFID, SFH, has always been supporting the state in the past. We have recorded giants stride in prevention of HIV & AIDS epidemics in the state as prevalence rate have reduce from 7.1% to 6.1%. She noted that SACA was fortunate to have a DG with good networking in the development partners world. She hope this would attract more support for SACA from partners.
According to DG CRSPHCDA, Dr Betta Edu, Enhancing Nigeria’s Response to HIV/AIDS Programme was very active in Cross River State and has significantly contributed to the reduction in incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the state. “With a Pro Health Governor, His Excellency Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade who is always ready to support programs that will bring dividends to the state health system, partners should be confident to invest more in the state as their funds will be properly accounted for, and the will see results. She eulogized SFH for the benevolent gift which according to her, is a great way to start a new year.
Speaking, the Territorial Manager of SFH, Dr Ngozi Nael-Ogambi said her organization will continue partnering with the state to create a better synergy in sustainability of their programs after expiration of their project. She said the vehicle will go along way to solve some mobility challenges of SACA. According to her more of such support will be Coming from SFH in the coming days.
Deputy Director Program SFH, Dr Segun Oyediji in his remarks said SFH has received a lot of support from Cross River and with the latest rollover of their project for two years, they hope to meet up the target before the end of the project. We would do everything within our bound to assist SACA and other state partners reach their targets.
Also speaking Mr Hogan Edem, Program Manager Department For International Development (DFID), a UK organization said the journey started many years ago when he was part of the team that came in 2009 and launched a program. He said SFH is one of the first Nigerian organization to manage a program directly from UK Government. ” Cross River has remain a success story in the history of DFID. He mentioned some remarkable achievement of ENR program in the state such as passage of SACA LAW to the creation of Agency for AIDS, provision of 1 billion male condoms, 660 million female condoms, prevention of 10,000 Maternal deaths and a lot of other achievements.
Responding to the partners, Dr Mrs Rosemary Nyambi, DG CRSACA said the entire state health team, staff of the Agency is so grateful to Society For Family Health for presenting a vehicle to the Agency at a time where their major challenge was mobility to cover up projects outside and within Calabar. ” I came in to the Agency to meet vehicles with fine bodies but low capacity to travel far distance. We hope to get more of this in the future from state and our partners.
Highpoint of the meeting was presentation of Toyota Corrola key to the DG CRSACA, Dr Rosemary Nyambi. And the cutting of the ribbon Tape by the SFH Boss from abuja, Dr Ayedije while supported by the Hon commissioner for Health Dr Inyang Asibong, DG primary Health Dr Betta Edu, DG SACA Dr Rosemary Nyambi and others.