Gov Emmanuel Commissions Primary Health Centre In Onna
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has commissioned an ultra modern Primary Health Care Centre at Ikot Udo – Esang, Onna Local Government Area with a call on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other development-oriented institutions to partner the state administration in the execution of people oriented projects and upgrading of the health Centre to a secondary health care institution.
The Governor made the call while commissioning the Dr Umo Isong Health Center initiated by the Clement Isong Foundation (TCIF) in collaboration with Akwa Ibom State Government (AKSG), Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Pro Health International, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (NMAN).
Governor Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the Clement Isong family for using the foundation to touch the lives of the people through the provision of health Care services and called on the people of the community to desist from patronising quacks assuring that the facility would provide affordable services in line with the health policy of his administration.
“Let me thank the family for initiating this project. This is a laudable initiative because we have laid so much emphasises on health care delivery and this happens to be one of the health facilities that would serve this community. I want to reassure the family that even though it is an NGO project, the state Ministry of Health would be on hand to give more assistance to ensure that the center provides best health care services to the people ”
The Governor said that the state government has procured medical facilities for distribution to Primary and Secondary health institutions across the state and assured that the facilities would be given to the centre to boost it services.
“I will get the Health Commissioner to carry out a need assesment of the centre to ensure that the facility is equipped to make it a full fledge and international standard primary health care centre to serve as a legacy and in memory of our dear daughter whom we cherish so much ” Governor Emmanuel stated.
He explained that the legacies bequeathed the state by Governor Clement Isong in the erstwhile Cross River State were eloquent testimonies of visionary leadership of the late patriarch and commended the partners of Clement Isong Foundation for their services to humanity.
Earlier in a welcome address, Barrister Clement Isong Jnr, said that the health centre was built to immortalise their late daughter Dr Umo Isong who passed on in 2007 maintaining that she was a hidden treasure in the UCSF Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health.
He thanked the Governor for defying the downpour to personally commission the health Centre and expressed appreciation to the partners for making the project see the light of the day.
The Chairman Governing Board of NDDC, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, who was represented by the state NDDC Commissioner Mr Samuel Frank, described the late Clement Isong as one of his role models saying that his benevolence facilitated his early rise to in public service assuring that NDDC would continue to support the Clement Isong Foundation towards achieving the goals and objectives of establishing the health facility.
Similarly, the member representing Onna State Constituency in the House of Assembly Otuekong Nse Essien, expressed appreciation to the Late Clement Isong family for keying into the administration’s health care development programme.
The event which was a culmination of a week long free health care services provided for the people of Ikot Udo Esang had in attendance the Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Obong Moses Ekpo, Chairman Board of Trustees of the Clement Isong Foundation Prof Akpan Ekpo, Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong and other members of the State Executive Council.