Cross River wins $1m Bill Gates award for polio immunisation

Governor Liyel Imoke

Commissioner says state has “most robust primary healthcare system in Nigeria”.

The Cross River Government has won $1 million (N158 million) prize instituted by Bill Gates Foundation for polio immunisation in Africa, the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Peter Ojie, has said.

Mr. Ojie said on Monday in Calabar that the state emerged the best in polio immunisation in the South South geo-political zone.

“We have the most robust primary healthcare system in Nigeria,” he said.

He said the prize qualified the state for $1 million grant with $500,000 (N79 million) as its counterpart funding under the twin track initiative of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, on healthcare.

He stated that the Ministry of Works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Community Health Department is working to ensure smooth primary healthcare administration at the community level.

“We have successfully ensured that the primary healthcare system is properly and robustly funded and implemented in a manner that has brought healthcare quite close to our people,” he said.

Mr. Ojie said that each of the 18 LGAs in the state had one functional primary healthcare, adding that the state was also determined to achieve one of the MDGs targets on healthcare by 2015.



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