Dr. Betta Edu, DG CRSPHCDA (File Picture: GHP

Agency Report

The Cross River State Government has uncovered fake certificates, promotion letters and other irregularities during the ongoing verification exercise in its health sector.

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Dr Betta Edu, the Director-General of  Cross River Primary Healthcare Development Agency (CRPHCDA), disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Calabar, the state capital.

Edu said the exercise became imperative following Gov. Ben Ayade’s directive to fish out ghost workers in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state.

She made it known that there were 4,000 health workers in all the primary healthcare centres across the state as at December 2015 when she assumed duty.

She further stated that from her unscheduled visit, she was able to discover from the needs assessment that the number of workers on paper being paid salaries does not truly exist.

She added that, she has seen people who finished First School Leaving Certificate at the age of four and others who had West African Examination Council result at the age of five through the audit of the healthcare centres records so far.

She said that she had rejected so many phones calls from people asking her to lower the standard of the audit and clear their relatives, adding that the right thing must be done to save lives.

According to her, the state health insurance scheme tagged ‘Ayade Care’, needs capable health workforce to make it functional and effective.

She also made it known that the ministry has carried out the exercise in six local government areas of the state, remaining 12 council areas to conclude the exercise.

However, she did not disclose the actual number of people with fake document and promotion letters so far discovered.