By Frank Iroroh.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Health Monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko has stated that His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, being the only serving state Governor who is a medical doctor in the Country, is determined to make Delta State number one in terms of health indices in Nigeria.

The SSA stated this while addressing the press on Thursday December 3rd, at the Primary Healthcare Centre, Aboh, Ndokwa East LGA, after leading a team of health monitors to carry out monitoring and evaluation visit to some health facilities in the State.

In his words, Dr Nwoko stated, “the health monitoring team has visited some health facilities today as part of our Duty to monitor, evaluate, appraise and report on the status of all the health facilities in the State to His Excellency the Governor for immediate solution to observed challenges.’

‘So far a lot of the health facilities are performing effectively well, for these performing health facilities we commend the management and encourage them to do more but for the underperforming health facilities, we chastised the management and urge them to wake up to their responsibility and ensure optimum performance. The whole idea is to ensure that all the health facilities in the State are put into full capacity utilisation, to deliver quality, accessible and affordable health care to the all residents of the State in line with the stronger Delta Agenda of His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Govenor of Delta State.’

“As you are very much aware, His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, is the only serving State Governor in Nigeria who is a medical doctor, he understands the essence of a having a viable health sector in order to guarantee the well-being of the people and he is working tirelessly round the clock to make Delta State number one in the Country in terms of health indeces.”

“As part of the policy of repositioning the health sector, the health monitoring office was created with the core objectives of monitoring, evaluation and prompt reporting on the status of the the health care facilities in the State, which includes the tertiary health facilities, the secondary facilities and the primary Healthcare facilities.’
We are getting a lot of results since the inception of the health monitoring office in August 2019. As we speak, we are almost done with the first round of monitoring of all health facilities in the State and it is our firm believe that the strategy adopted in the monitoring exercise will enhance the capacity of the health facilities to deliver quality health care service to the residents of the State.”
“We are doing alot to ensure that the authorities of these health facilities bridge the communication gap between the health facilities and the host communities
We have encouraged them to form advocacy groups to liaise with the traditional institutions and religious groups in their host community with a view to enlightening the people about the free maternal and child health care program, the formal and informal sector plan of the State Government’s Contributory Health Insurance scheme. We emphasize the need to get the people to key into these wonderful health programs of the Government and enjoy the benefit of package.” Dr Nwoko stated.

On the issue of complaints of lack of manpower in some of the health facilities.”

The SSA said, “the issue of manpower is a general complain which the State Government is responding to, by employing more health workers. However, it is also important to ensure that staffers are always in their duty posts. You can not be talking of additional manpower when the ones available are not put into maximum utilisation.” Dr Nwoko concluded.

Another notable member of the team, Dr. Kingsley Amaihunwa while addressing the press after monitoring some secondary and primary Healthcare facilities in Delta Central Senatorial district stated that” the exercise afforded the SSAs on Health Monitoring, the opportunity to identify the gaps and challenges the health facilities are faced with. The gaps identified were discussed with the Medical directors and other members of the hospital management team. The excerise aIso gave us the opportunity to encourage the the facility heads on several ways to engage the communities to key into the health insurance scheme of the State government especially the informal sector e.g the artisans, the market people and farmers, which with just #7,000, a registration and coverage for one year Healthcare service can be achieved”.

For the purpose of effective coverage and prompt results, the Health Monitoring Team is divided into two.
Team, A comprises;.
1. Dr Michael Nwoko
2. Dr Dan Omodon and
3. Dr Patrick Onwuachi
While team B comprises
1. Dr Kingsley Amaihunwa and
2. Dr Sam Efetobor.

Healthcare facilities visited included :
Team A:
1. Central Hospital, Kwale
2. General Hospital, Aboh
3. Govt. Hospital, Ashaka
4. Primary Healthcare Centre, Aboh
5. Primary Healthcare Centre, Ashaka
6. Primary Healthcare Centre, Umusam – Ogbe
7. Primary Healthcare Centre, Kwale
Team B:
1. Govt. Hospital, Jesse
2. Cottage Hospital, Erhoike
3. Cottage Hospital, Mereje
4. General Hospital, Orerokpe
5. Primary Healthcare Centre, Jesse.

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