The Need To Sensitize Deltans On The Benefits Of The Contributory Health Insurance Scheme Is Compelling….. Dr. Michael Nwoko.
By Iroroh Frank
The Senior Special assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Delta State on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko, has stated that there is a compelling need for Deltans to be sufficiently sensitised on what they stand to benefit from enrolling for the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme.
Dr. Nwoko stated this while interacting with the Chairman, Governing Board of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Isaac Akpoveta and the Director General of the Commission, Dr. Ben Nkechika when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commission, on Monday 26th August, as part of his ongoing visits to the agencies and Commission under the State Ministry of Health, to foster effective collaboration in order to ensure full realization of the Government’s policy objectives on healthcare delivery in the State.
Dr. Michael Nwoko, who served as the immediate past Special Assistant to the Governor (Special Duties) on Contributory Health Commission, thanked the management and staff of the Commission for the warm working relationship he enjoyed while working with them and added that his experience at the Commission has built his capacity to appreciate the entire gamut of the policy thrust of Governor Okowa’s administration on healthcare delivery in Delta State, which he describe as novel in the Country.
He posited that the experience he gained whilst working with Management and Staff of the Commission will help him navigate in his new assignment.
Continuing the SSA said, ‘as you are aware, His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State has invested so much in the health sector and it is his desire to have a strong and healthy Delta citizens to fulfilled his second term Stronger Delta Agenda.
As a means to achieve this noble goal, His Excellency, deemed it necessary to appoint my humble self as his SSA on Health Monitoring, to monitor, evaluate and appraise the healthcare delivery programs, for more efficient and effective healthcare delivery service to Deltans.
His Excellency believed that monitoring, evaluation and appraisal are essential for optimal performance in the health sector.
Dr. Nwoko commended the Governor for his foresight for establishing the Contributory Health Commission to administer the implementation of the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme.
The SSA noted that Health Insurance has been the flagship of healthcare delivery service globally, because as he put it, ‘the scheme has remain the surest means for an individual to access quick, quality and affordable healthcare service’.
Dr. Nwoko further stated that there is a compelling need for Deltans to be sufficiently sensitised on what they stand to gain from enrolling for the Scheme to enable those who are yet to register do so.
In his response the Chairman, Governing Board of Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Isaac Akpoveta, congratulated Dr. Michael Nwoko on his elevation to SSA to the Governor on Health Monitoring, he described him as a vibrant and hardworking Man, and expressed his firm believe that he will perform well in his new assignment.
He noted that the job before the SSA is tasking but added that the experience he got while working with the commission will be crucial in his new assignment.
Dr. Akpoveta stated that monitoring, evaluation and reporting are essential for optimal performance in the health sector, without which, he maintained it will be impossible to gauge performance.
The chairman, pledged the commission’s collaboration with the SSA in carrying out his assignment.
The Director General of the Commission, Dr. Ben Nkechika, while describing the rate of enrollment into the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme as very encouraging, clarified that what was accredited by the commission was Primary Health Care Service and not primary health care centres as being misconceived by some individuals.
The DG emphasised that both the Primary, Secondary as well as Tertiary Health facilities in the State state are accredited by the Commission to provide health care services to enrollees of the programs.