Dr. Michael Nwoko, SSA to Gov. Okowa on Health Monitoring, gives a rundown of his job schedule and reiterate the need to collaborate with the Health Ministry and its Agencies and Commission.
By Frank Iroroh.
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Delta State, Governor on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko has given details of his assignment. The SSA gave the rundown while exchanging views with the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics (DPRS) of Delta State Primary Health Care development Agency, Dr. Mrs G. Ferife, on Friday 23rd August, when he visited the Agency.
Dr. Nwoko who informed the DPRS of the need for effective collaboration between his Office and the agencies and Commission under the State Ministry of Health in order to ensure the full realization of His Excellency’s policy of quick, quality, accessible and affordable healthcare delivery service to all Deltans.
In his words, Dr. Nwoko said, ‘as we all know, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, is very passionate about the health and wellbeing of Deltans. His professional background and passion for the health and wellness of Deltans are the motivating force behind his total commitment to ensuring quick, quality efficient, effective, accessible and affordable healthcare delivery service to all Deltans.’
Continuing, he said, ‘you will agree with me that the Governor has invested so much in the health sector, since assumption of office in 2015.
These investments includes but not limited to formulation and implementation of laudable Health policies such as the Delta State Contributory Health Scheme, provision of infrastructure, medical equipment, regular drug supply and personnel to the State owned Health Facilities. In fact, Delta State being the first in the Country to officially lunch its own Health insurance, has one of the best health indices in the Country’. He stated.
Dr. Nwoko added, ‘whilst we monitor, evaluate, appraise and make necessary recommendations to the Health Ministry and its agencies and Commission on how to improve performance to meet the expectations of Deltans, we are also going to be involved in sensitising Deltans on the various healthcare delivery packages made available for their benefits by His Excellency, as it is our duty to get more residents of the State to enroll for the Contributory Health Scheme.’ He concluded.
In her response, the DPRS of the Agency, Dr. Mrs Gloria Ferife, noted that the task before the SSA is enormous. She commended His Excellency, for appointing Dr. Michael Nwoko as SSA on Health Monitoring, adding that the SSA’s job will ease the agency’s operation as his regular field reports will give them a better insight of what is going on in the field and guide their response.
The DPRS, agreed with the SSA that Delta State fare far better than other States of the Country in Health Care Delivery and thus enhancing its Health indices. She particularly noted that before the creation of Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Healthcare delivery mechanism in the State was fragmented with multiple structures which affected efficiency, utilisation of primary health care services and resulting in poor provision of quality health care services to the people.
She however noted that following the establishment of the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, a policy called – Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR), that is THREE IN ONE policy was implemented to bring the various healthcare delivery organs together under one roof, and added that the integration of all PHC services under one authority, has provided adequate capacity to control services and resources.
The DPRS further enumerated that healthcare facilities at the grassroot includes Health Posts, Health Clinics and Health Centres and emphasised that every federal ward in the State, has at least one Primary Health Care Centre to meet the health needs of all Deltans.
The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the comprehensive list and address of all the Primary Healthcare Facilities in the State to the SSA on Health Monitoring by the DPRS.