By Frank Iroroh

Delta State Commissione for Health, Dr Ononye Mordi, has stated that the Monitoring of health facilities across the State is necessary to unearth challenges in the health facilities that needed prompt attention, adding that the State government under the leadership of His Excellency Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, has embarked on massive infrastructural and personnel development in the health facilities, as part of strategies to revamping the health sector in the State.

Dr Mordi stated this while delivering a key note address during a stakeholders meeting of the health sector, held at the conference hall of the Olorogun Felix Ibru Secretariat, Asaba on Monday 16th November 2020.

Addressing the gathering during the interactive session, the Honourable Commissioner for health said, “as part of strategies to revamping the health sector in the Delta State, the government of Delta State under the command of His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, has embarked on extensive infrastructural and personnel development in all the health facilities across the state.”
“Consequently, the Agbor, Warri, Ughelli and Sapele general hospitals would receive massive infrastructural transformation.” Dr Mordi stated.

Dr Mordi further added, “with the huge investment in the health sector by the State government, the need for follow up monitoring exercise has become very imperative, adding “a lot of challenges had been unraveled during the monitoring activities of the Delta State Health Monitoring team and that these challenges needed prompt attention.”
Continuing, the Hon. Commissioner whilst appreciating the health workers for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19, noted “the present scourge of yellow fever in the State is surmountable as the health ministry is working on an effective response to outbreaks.”
He further added “there will be a massive yellow fever vaccination campaign towards the end of the month, and I am urging every person between the ages of 19 and 44 years to get vaccinated.” He concluded.

In her address, the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Minnie Oseji called for proper and continuous synergy between the the Ministry of Health, the Health Monitoring Office and all relevant stakeholder for proper monitoring of activities in the hospitals. “considering the fact that Monitoring is very big, I want to call for proper synergy between all relevant stake holders in the health sector and the Ministry so as to ensure proper monitoring of activities in hospitals in the State,” Dr Oseji emphasized.

Also speaking, to the press after the mini health summit, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on health monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko who is the leader of the health monitoring team said, “the Health Monitoring Office was created in August, 2019 to carry out effective monitoring and evaluation of health care facilities across the State and by so doing bridging the gap between the demand and supply side of health care adding that monitoring and evaluation had resumed post COVID-19 in health care facilities in the State which includes secondary and tertiary health care facilities as well as Primary health care facilities accredited by the Delta State Contributory Health Commission.”
“We are very satisfied at the turn out of participants in today’s stakeholders meeting. The interactive session became necessary in order to discuss challenges observed during the monitoring visits to some health care facilities by the Health Monitoring team, so that solutions can be proffered and measures taken to ensure that the health sector is effectively revamped to provide quality, affordable and accessible health care services for the people of the State in line with the stronger Delta Agenda of His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Governor of Delta State.”

Dr Nwoko also stated, “of course, today’s stakeholders meeting is conveyed at the instance of the health monitoring office in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the various stakeholders in the health sector were involved. It is a strategic meeting for interface on how to effectively revamp the health sector in line with the Stronger Delta Agenda of His Excellency, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Governor of Delta State. It involved all the Zonal Medical Directors, Zonal Matrons, Medical Directors and Hospital Administrators across the Secondary health care facilities in Delta State.” Dr Nwoko concluded.

The stakeholders meeting was chaired by the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr Ononye Mordi and in attendance were, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr Minnie Oseji, the Chairman, Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Austin Obidi, the members of Delta State Health Monitoring team, Dr Michael Nwoko, Dr. Patrick Onwuachi, Dr. Kingsley Amaihunwa, Dr. Sam Efetobor and Dr. Daniel Omodon. Others included the Director General, Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Ben Nkechika, The Director, Health Services of the Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Funmilayo Omoraka, the eleven Zonal Medical Directors supervising the different secondary health care facilities in the State as well as the Zonal Matrons and other stakeholders in the health sector.

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