HEALTH MONITORING: GOV. OKOWA DESERVES COMMENDATIONS — DR MICHAEL NWOKO

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HEALTH MONITORING,
GOV. OKOWA DESERVES COMMENDATIONS — DR MICHAEL NWOKO

By Iroroh Frank.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Health Monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko, has described His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State as a man endowed with rare leadership acumen adding that the Governor deserves loud applause and high commendations for his uncommon visionary approaches to governance.

Dr Nwoko stated this while fielding questions from reporters on Friday December 18, at the Primary Health Care Centre, Emu Uno in Ndokwa West LGA, after leading the health monitoring team on the day’s routine monitoring and evaluation of health care facilities in parts of the State.

The SSA appreciated God for hitch free monitoring and evaluation activities in health care facilities across the State throughout the year 2020 and lauded Governor Okowa for his vision in creating the Health Monitoring Office to monitor, evaluate, appraise and report the status of health facilities in the State directly to him, to enable him respond promptly to distress areas.

Dr Nwoko noted that the activities of the Health Monitoring Team has led to the reawakening of senses of professional practice amongst public healthcare givers in Delta State and reinvigorated healthcare facilities across the State in a much more functional and productive way.

The SSA thanked the Governor for considering him worthy to serve the State in the capacity of Senior Special Assistant on Health Monitoring adding that serving in that capacity since August 2019 has brought out the best in him and also afford him the opportunity to render selfless serve to the people.

Dr Nwoko who is the leader of the health monitoring team described members of the team as highly enthusiastic and passionate about the job and commended them for the mutual relationship that existed in the team in the past year and wished them the season’s best complements.

His words,”today we are rounding off the monitoring and evaluation of health facilities in the State for the year 2020, and I like to say that we have visited all the secondary and tertiary health facilities in Delta State as well as many primary Healthcare centers accredited by the Delta State Contributory Health Commission. We also visited all the health care facilities in the riverine communities in the State.”

“During the course of our monitoring visits, we do commend performing facilities and encourage them to do more in rendering effective health care services to the People while we admonish the under-performing facilities to brace up to their duties. The whole idea is to enhance productivity in the health sector, so as to to deliver quality, accessible and affordable health care services to the residents of Delta State in line with the stronger Delta agenda of His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State.”
“So far the activities of the Health Monitoring Team has led to the reawakening of senses of professional practice amongst public healthcare givers in Delta State and reinvigorated healthcare facilities across the State in a much more functional and productive way.”

” Governor Okowa is a man endowed with rare leadership acumen. That is to say that the Governor deserves loud applause and high commendations for his uncommon visionary approaches to governance.”

“At this point I really want to appreciate God for hitch free monitoring and evaluation exercises in Health care facilities across the State throughout the year 2020 and commend Governor Okowa for his vision in creating the Health Monitoring Office to monitor, evaluate, appraise and report the Status of health care facilities in the State directly to him, to enable him respond promptly to areas of distress.”

“I also want to use this opportunity to thank
His Excellency, the Governor for considering me worthy to serve the State in the capacity of Senior Special Assistant on Health Monitoring. Serving in this capacity since August 2019 has brought out the best in me and afford me the opportunity to render selfless service to the people.”

“Of course I can not forget my colleagues, fellow members of the health monitoring team, for the high enthusiasm and passion they have for the job and I want to commend them for the mutual relationship that existed in the team. I wish them the season’s best complements.” Dr Nwoko concluded.

Also speaking to the press, Dr Patrick Onwuachi, another member of the team stated,
” We rounded off our monitoring and evaluation tours today for the year 2020 with visits to some health care facilities . Awareness of our regular impromptu visits have created sense of responsibility amongst staffers, we lecture them about the Delta State Health Insurance Scheme and need to form advocacy groups to improve enrollment, there was a wake up call for staffers to work towards improved health care delivery services and the need to keep the environment of health care facilities clean at all times created. Gov. Okowa’s improved health care agenda for all Deltans is on course.” Dr
Onwuachi stated.

Another member of the team, Dr. Kingsley Amaihunwa while speaking to the press at the end of monitoring activities in Delta Central Senatorial district stated,
“we have just concluded another round of monitoring and evaluation of both primary and secondary health care facilities in part of Delta central Senatorial District. Although navigating through all the nooks and crannies of the state, both in the uplands and riverine communities was quite rigorous and strenuous, I am happy and satisfied because the motives for creating the Health Monitoring Office by His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, which is to ensure full capacity utilisation of health facilities in the state, so as to optimally deliver quality, accessible and affordable health care service to residents of Delta State, is been gradually achieved as the activities of the monitoring team have made management and staffers of health care facilities across the state to realized that it is no longer business as usual and are now bracing up to their professional responsibilities. Most health care facilities are now operating in full capacity, delivery quality health care services to the people.” Dr Amaihunwa stated.

Further, the SSA added “the monitoring team are committed and determined to visit health care facilities in every part of the state irrespective of the terrain because His Excellency, the Governor, cares for the health and wellbeing of all residents of the state.”
“In the course of our monitoring and evaluation exercise, we note peculiar needs of each facility and report same to the Governor for prompt actions to address observed problems.
We also engaged management of the health care facilities on the need for them to raise advocacy groups to liaise with both the traditional and religious leaders in their host communities to increase the enrollee strength of the informal sector of the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, to enable the people benefit fully from the quality, accessible and affordable health care packages of Governor Okowa’s administration.
We made them to educate the members of their host communities that with only seven thousand naira
(N7,000.00), annual Premium, a father and wife with two of their children under 18 years can be captured to access quality, accessible and affordable health care service under the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, being supervised by Delta State Contributory Health Commission.” Dr Amaihunwa concluded.

Dr. Sam Efetobor who is also a member of the Health Monitoring Team in his comment said, “at the end of our monitoring in 2020, I want to appreciate God almighty who protected the monitoring team through the difficult terrains of our state.
I also thank His Excellency Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for creating an enabling environment to ensure we finish the schedule for the year.
Our God in heaven will give our amiable governor more wisdom to oversee the affairs of the State in the year 2021 especially the health sector in Jesus name, Amen.” Dr Efetobor prayed.

To ensure operational efficiency and effective coverage of the entire State, the team is divided into two, team A and B.
Team A covers Delta North senatorial district while team B covers Delta Central senatorial district. Both team combines in joint monitoring in Delta South senatorial district.

The health facilities visited on Friday 18/12 /2020 includes ;

Delta North Senatorial District :

Team A:
Dr. Michael Nwoko
Dr. Patrick Onwuachi
Dr. Dan Omodon

1. General Hospital, Agbor – Alidinma
2. General Hospital, Obiaruku
3. Govt. Hospital, Umutu
4 .Urban PHC, Obiaruku
5. Primary Healthcare Centre, Abbi
6. Primary Healthcare Centre, Umutu
7. Primary Healthcare Centre, Emu – Uno

Delta Central Senatorial District:

Team B:
Dr. Kingsley Amaihunwa
Dr. Sam Efetobor

1. Govt. Hospital, Ehwere
2. Govt. Hospital, Ewu
3. Primary Healthcare Centre, Ewu
4. Primary Healthcare Centre, Ofuoma
5. Primary Healthcare Centre, Ebor

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