The lawmaker representing Bakassi State Constituency in the Cross River House of Assembly, Dr Ekpo Ekpo-Bassey, on Sunday in Calabar commended the reduction in maternal mortality in the state.
Dr Bassey, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Health, attributed the feat to the doggedness of Dr Janet Ekpenyong, Director-General of the Cross River Primary Healthcare Agency.
The lawmaker, who did not state the percentage of reduction in a statement he issued, said that Cross River also witnessed a significant reduction in the prevalence of endemic diseases.
“I want to appreciate Dr Ekpenyong for her deep commitment to service delivery in Cross River.
“I see her taking the agency to the next level where our people will enjoy access, affordability and efficiency in health care services in their communities.
“We have witnessed a significant reduction in maternal, child and infant mortalities including a reduction in the prevalence of endemic diseases.
“Cross River is making a difference in the health sector as a whole. In fact, we have witnessed the repositioning and rebranding of the agency in the state,’’ he stated.
Ekpo-Bassey added that with Dr Ekpenyong’s efforts and with the commitment of Dr Betta Edu, the Commissioner for Health in the state, “Cross River is good to go as a model state in healthcare delivery in Nigeria.’’