— Dr Michael Nwoko

By Iroroh Frank

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Health Monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko, has stated that there most be order and standard of practice amongst healthcare providers in the State in order to revamp the health sector and achieve the Universal Health Coverage policy and maintained that without standardized practice among healthcare providers both in the public and private sector, the concept of rendering quality, effective, accessible and affordable healthcare service in the State, as being vigorously and holistically implemented by the administration of His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, would be undermined.

Dr. Nwoko stated this while addressing the press on Thursday 28th November, at the General Hospital, Issele Uku, headquarters of Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State, shortly after leading the fortified health monitoring team, (comprising the three SSAs and their aides), to a monitoring tour of health facilities in the Local Government Area.

The SSA, who was responding to questions on the recent crackdown on some private health facilities in the State, maintained that owners of such facilities were giving enough time to regularize or revalidate their registration with the State Ministry of Health and insisted that it is expedient for the Ministry through its relevant department to enforce compliance with the directive to ensure ethical standard in the sector.

His words, ‘the administration of His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, is tirelessly working to ensure that Deltans and indeed all residents of Delta State, have access to quality, affordable and accessible healthcare service. This underscores his efforts in the provision of physical infrastructure and medical equipment in all the health facilities across the State.’

Continuing, Dr. Nwoko said, ‘when talking about quality healthcare service, we are talking about upholding ethical standard practices using the available infrastructure, state-of-the-art equipment and manpower.
One critical element required to achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage is in the area of effective healthcare delivery to the people as being holistically implemented under the Stronger Delta Agenda of His Excellency.’

Also, while highlighting the functions of the health monitoring team, Dr. Nwoko said, ‘you will agree with me that a lot have been done in the health sector in the State, you will equally agree with me that all the health facilities in the State have their peculiar needs. It is our duty to collate, assess, evaluate and appraise data collected from each of the health facilities visited and report on the peculiar needs of each of the facilities for prompt action to address them, but there must be full capacity utilisation of existing facilities before any action could be considered by way of addressing their challenges.’ Dr Nwoko stated.

In conclusion, Dr. Nwoko emphasized the need for healthcare providers in the State to help in sensitising residents of the communities where the health facilities are domiciled on the need to enroll and key into the free maternal and child health program of the Government instead of wasting resources to Patronize Traditional Homes where their conditions could be complicated.

Also addressing the press, Dr Patrick Onwuachi, said, ‘one of the reasons for the creation of the monitoring team by His Excellency is to monitor health facilities across the State and to reorientate health workers in the about the new order in the health sector. So, we are not here to indict anybody but to let you know that it is not going to be business as usual. The new order is now Patient Centre Care, you must be friendly with your patients and members of their family, you must show them love no matter the pressure you are experiencing. He emphasized.

Dr. Onwuachi further added, ‘we will come back again and we want to see that your services are raised to higher level, the level that is in line with His Excellency’s vision and expectations.
We must put in our best to achieve the Universal Health Coverage policy been envisaged by the Governor.’ He concluded.

Equally speaking, Dr Kingsley Amaihunwa, the newly appointed SSA, to the Governor on Health Monitoring, said, ‘the reasons behind His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, constituting the health monitoring team is to ensure that Government’s input in the health sector, in terms of physical infrastructural development, provisions of the state-of-the-art medical equipment and personnel in the health sector, equates the level of healthcare service delivered to the people, in terms of rendering quality, accessible, affordable and effective healthcare service to Deltans and residents of the State. We will visit these facilities and assess the level of compliance of the Government health policy, identify problems they face and report to the appropriate quarter for prompt attention. Of course, we all know that effective monitoring is required to achieve optimal performance in any result oriented and any productive organization,’ he stated.

Among the health facilities visited were;
Onicha- Ugbo primary health centre, Idumuje- Ugboko medical center, Idumuje Ugboko primary health centre, Idumuje- Unor primary health centre, General hospital, Onicha-Uku, Primary health Centre, Onicha-Uku, General hospital, Issele-Uku and Primary health Centre, Obiora

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