GOVERNOR OKOWA, DELIVERING QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR A STRONGER DELTA — DR MICHAEL NWOKO.
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, is poised to delivering quality, affordable and accessible health care service to residents of the State as a foundation of the Stronger Delta agenda of his administration.
The SSA stated this while addressing the press on Thursday November 5th, at the Government
Hospital, Onicha Olona, after leading the health monitoring team to carry out monitoring and evaluation visit to some health care facilities in the State.
Dr Nwoko stated, “we are here as part of our routine monitoring activity across all the health care facilities in Delta State. This is in line with the Stronger Delta agenda of His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, who understands that healthy citizens build a healthy and Strong State, hence the Governor is poised to revamping and repositioning the health sector, to enable it deliver quality, affordable and accessible health care service to residents of the State as a foundation of his administration’s Stronger Delta Agenda.” So Governor Okowa is very keen to effectively revamp the health sector in t5he State.”
As part of the policy of the governor, we were assigned to monitor, evaluate and report on the status of health care facilities across the State. Today we have visited some health facilities in the State. The whole idea is for us to be able to conduct on the spot assessment of the facilities, monitor, evaluate, report and conduct appraisal. This is to give government idea of the status of the health facilities in order to know the areas where improvement is required. Whilst doing so, we are also able to sensitized staffers on the need to enhance productivity in the health sector and also buffer the enrollee strength of the Delta State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme and by so doing, they will be able to raise their capitation and generate enough IGR to enable them maintain the facilities.
The whole idea is for us to be able to reawaken the staffers, and the entire system so as to be able to carry out effective health care delivery across Delta State in line with the Stronger Delta agenda of His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State.
On the strange disease outbreak in some parts of Delta State, Dr Nwoko said, ‘I received an SOS from an individual from Ute Okpu community about a strange disease in the area that has killed some people. I shared the information with the health Commissioner, who in turn deployed disease surveillance team to the area for action. I can confirm that Government is mobilising resources accordingly to contain the outbreak.” Dr Nwoko concluded.
Also speaking, Dr Patrick Onwuachi said, ” today we have visited some hospitals and primary health facilities in Ekwukwu – Igbo, Illah, Ebuh and Onicha Olona, we did encouraged them to improved attendance to the health facilities, to see how attendance can be increased, we have encouraged them to form advocacy units to reach out to the people. The reaching out is simple and predicated on the health insurance scheme, with it’s different packages, we have the equity scheme, which is a free medical care for nursing mothers and children under 5 years old, if they can reach out to their host communities and sensitise the people about this free medical care, the women will be happy to embrace it and the attendance will increase.
We told them about the informal sector scheme for famers, traders, keke and okada riders, this plan only require individuals to pay N7,000.00 to access health care annually.
We hope to see more activities in the facility when next we visit.”
In his remark, Dr Dan Omodion said, “in the past, health care was dependent on the financial capacity of individuals or the distance from the health facility or the attitude of the workers of the health facility. But under the contributory health insurance scheme, irrespective of what other factors are, finance have been dealt with, so we are now working to ensure that our staff and the structures on ground meet the needs of the patients, that is the supply side of health care, accessibility and quality service.”
Dr Moses Ozigbo, the Senior Medical Officer, General Hospital, Onicha Olona, in his response to the visit said, “I am very happy the health monitoring team visited and their visit is an eye opener, it has made me to understand what to do to increase the attendance to the hospital. There were things I did not understand before but their coming have made me to understand these things better. One of the things is the informal plan of the health insurance scheme. They have told me what to do to increase the enrollees of the scheme. So am very happy for the visit and I will implement what they have told me to do.” Dr Ozigbo concluded.
Another notable member of the team, Dr. Kingsley Amaihunwa while addressing the press shortly after monitoring facilities at the General Hospital, Koko reiterated the need for the management and staff of health care facilities to implement the State Government’s policy on Health care in their respective facilities so that the people can enjoy the benefits of improved health care services.
Dr. Sam Efetobor encouraged the management and staff of the health care facilities visited to ensure for capacity utilization of their facilities by ensuring that health care professionals are always on ground to render excellent service to the people.
Some of the facilities visited by Team A, comprising, Dr Michael Nwoko, Dr Patrick Onwuachi
and Dr Dan Omodon were:
1. General Hospital, Akukwu-Igbo
2. Govt. Hospital, Ebu
3. Primary Health care Centre, Akukwu-Igbo
4. Primary Health care Centre, Ebu
5. Comprehensive Health Centre, Illah
6. General Hospital, Onicha-Olona
7. Primary Health care Centre, Onicha-Olona.
This was carried out
- Facilities visited by team B, comprising Dr Kingsley Amaihunwa and Dr Sam Efetobor were:
1. General Hospital, Koko.
2. General Hospitalises, Oghara
3. Primary Healthcare Centre, Ogharefe 1
4. Primary Healthcare Centre, Ogharefe 2.