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CRSG, Tulsi Chanrai Foundation partner to extend Eye Services to Primary Health Care

Cross River State Government has agreed in principle to partner with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation to roll out eye services to the entire state through an integrated primary health care programme.

The State's Health Commissioner, Dr. Henry Egbe Ayuk who spoke to journalists in his office after a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of Tulsi Chanrai Foundation in Nigeria, Tuesday, said the eye services will be part of the Palliative Healthcare Programme of Governor Bassey Edet Otu's agenda to subsidize financing of healthcare for pregnant women, children under five and elderly above 70 years.

"The Government will be supported by Tulsi Chanrai Foundation to enhance effective screening and referral services of eye ailments in primary health care facilities linked to reference hospitals."

Dr. Ayuk assured Cross Riverians that government would expedite action to bring the integration of eye services in primary health care into fruition for the benefit of all, especially rural dwellers.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Tulsi Chanrai Foundation in Nigeria, Mr. Shravan Kumar Kasam, said Tulsi Chanrai Foundation (TCF) has a mission to ensure healthy Nigeria, and has been playing an instrumental role in enhancing accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of health care services in remote areas of Nigeria.

Mr. Kasam assured Cross River government of implementing a partnership that will turn around not only eye services in the state but will address human resources gap and other critical areas of need to enhance access to primary health care.

By Ebi Collins, The Beagle News