HEALTH MONITORING OFFICE IS OBLIGATED TO BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE DEMAND AND SUPPLY SIDE OF HEALTH CARE— DR MICHAEL NWOKO

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HEALTH MONITORING OFFICE IS OBLIGATED TO BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE DEMAND AND SUPPLY SIDE OF HEALTH CARE— DR MICHAEL NWOKO

By Frank Iroroh

The Senior Special Assistant to Delta State Governor on Health Monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko has reemphasized that the Health Monitoring office created by His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State has an obligation to bridge the gap between the demand side and the supply side of health care amongst other functions.
Dr Nwoko stated this at the Government Hospital Abavo, on Friday October 2, 2020, as he led a team of health monitors to resum monitoring activities of health facilities in the State after the lifting of normal government activities which were restricted to curtailing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at at the end of that day’s monitoring activities, Dr Nwoko stated, “it is a thing of joy to resume our monitoring activities post COVID-19, you will agreed with me that sometime in March, we recorded outbreak of COVID-19 and so it became necessary for the entire State health work force to be mobilized to contain the spread of the virus. My colleagues and I were privileged to be coopted into the COVID-19 Team.

“In line with the determination of the Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa led administration to guarantee quality and effective health care delivery to the people of the State, the Delta State Health Monitoring team has resumed monitoring activities of health facilities across the State, post COVID-19. Today, we have visited the general hospital, Ibusa, Government hospital, Umunede, Government hospital, Abavo, Central Hospital, Ughelli,
Government Hospital, Orogun and Government. Hospital Otu-Jeremi”.

“The whole idea is for us to continually and effectively monitor and evaluate health facilities in line with the mandate given to us by His Excellency Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, who is highly determined to ensuring that quality, accessible and affordable health care is available to all residents of Delta State..
A lot is being done in the area of creating demand for health care through the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, wherein 723,000 enrollees have been captured. You also have the supply side of health care that has to do with providing health care services to the people. So the whole idea of this monitoring is to bridge the gap between the demand and the supply side of health care, we are standing in the middle between the relevant agencies vested with the responsibility by law to create the demand side of health care and the relevant agencies recognised by law to ensure that there’s effective health care delivery to the people.”
The overall objective is to bring about quality, affordable accessible health care to the people of Delta State in line with the Stronger Delta agenda of his Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State.
When we began this monitoring over a year ago, we made solemn commitment to the people that the exercise is very audacious and that we are going to carry out effective monitoring activities of all the health facilities across the State so that His Excellency the Governor will be adequately informed of the areas that need urgent attention so as to be able to address the needs of these areas”.

“The whole idea is to ensure that we continually drump advocacy to increase enrollee strength of the Health Insurance Scheme and ensure that there are adequate health facilities to cater for all the categories of enrollees of the scheme so that there will be no vacuum.
However, the exercise is audacious and we are committed to monitoring and reporting on the need assessment of the health facilities in the State.”

“You will agree with me that since we began the monitoring activities, there have been reawakening in all the health facilities across the State because they are aware that we can come in anytime to monitor their activities and we made it pertinent to ensure that even the health facilities do not know when we are coming to their area.” Dr Nwoko concluded.

Earlier while also speaking to the press Dr Patrick Onwuachi said, ” we have gone round and recorded our observations, we have also advised for community outreach and advocacy programs to increase the enrollee strength of the facilities.
There is need to increase advocacy on enrolment to the contributory health insurance scheme especially those of the informal sector and we have suggested that management of the facilities collaborate with traditional rulers in their domain to enlighten the people on the benefits of enrolling into the health insurance scheme. It is improper for expectant mothers to go to traditional birth attendants where they are required to pay money in addition to the complications that may result, instead of going to the government health facilities where they will get good care without cost. Dr Onwuachi stated.

Also speaking to the press, Dr Daniel Omodion who recently joined the team advised that “there is need for the management of the health facilities to embark on outreach programs to ensure that the health facilities are put into maximum use because some of the facilities are operating below half of their maximum capacities.” We have told them that we are ready to assist them carry out the outreach programs if our assistance is needed.” Dr Omodion stated.

Dr. Kingsley Amaihunwa who addressed the press after visiting the Central Hospital, Ughelli thanked the management and staff of the hospital for their commitment to duty and encouraged them to do more in order to provide excellent health care service to the people.

Similarly, another member of the health monitoring team, Dr. Sam Efetobor after visiting the Govt. Hospital Otu-Jeremi pointed out areas that needs to be improved upon in the facility in order to enhance productivity and guarantee quality health care services to the people.

MICHAEL NWOKO

By Frank Iroroh

The Senior Special Assistant to Delta State Governor on Health Monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko has reemphasized that the Health Monitoring office created by His Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State has an obligation to bridge the gap between the demand side and the supply side of health care amongst other functions.
Dr Nwoko stated this at the Government Hospital Abavo, on Friday October 2, 2020, as he led a team of health monitors to resum monitoring activities of health facilities in the State after the lifting of normal government activities which were restricted to curtailing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at at the end of that day’s monitoring activities, Dr Nwoko stated, “it is a thing of joy to resume our monitoring activities post COVID-19, you will agreed with me that sometime in March, we recorded outbreak of COVID-19 and so it became necessary for the entire State health work force to be mobilized to contain the spread of the virus. My colleagues and I were privileged to be coopted into the COVID-19 Team.

“In line with the determination of the Governor Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa led administration to guarantee quality and effective health care delivery to the people of the State, the Delta State Health Monitoring team has resumed monitoring activities of health facilities across the State, post COVID-19. Today, we have visited the general hospital, Ibusa, Government hospital, Umunede, Government hospital, Abavo, Central Hospital, Ughelli,
Government Hospital, Orogun and Government. Hospital Otu-Jeremi”.

“The whole idea is for us to continually and effectively monitor and evaluate health facilities in line with the mandate given to us by His Excellency Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, who is highly determined to ensuring that quality, accessible and affordable health care is available to all residents of Delta State..
A lot is being done in the area of creating demand for health care through the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, wherein 723,000 enrollees have been captured. You also have the supply side of health care that has to do with providing health care services to the people. So the whole idea of this monitoring is to bridge the gap between the demand and the supply side of health care, we are standing in the middle between the relevant agencies vested with the responsibility by law to create the demand side of health care and the relevant agencies recognised by law to ensure that there’s effective health care delivery to the people.”
The overall objective is to bring about quality, affordable accessible health care to the people of Delta State in line with the Stronger Delta agenda of his Excellency, Sen Dr Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State.
When we began this monitoring over a year ago, we made solemn commitment to the people that the exercise is very audacious and that we are going to carry out effective monitoring activities of all the health facilities across the State so that His Excellency the Governor will be adequately informed of the areas that need urgent attention so as to be able to address the needs of these areas”.

“The whole idea is to ensure that we continually drump advocacy to increase enrollee strength of the Health Insurance Scheme and ensure that there are adequate health facilities to cater for all the categories of enrollees of the scheme so that there will be no vacuum.
However, the exercise is audacious and we are committed to monitoring and reporting on the need assessment of the health facilities in the State.”

“You will agree with me that since we began the monitoring activities, there have been reawakening in all the health facilities across the State because they are aware that we can come in anytime to monitor their activities and we made it pertinent to ensure that even the health facilities do not know when we are coming to their area.” Dr Nwoko concluded.

Earlier while also speaking to the press Dr Patrick Onwuachi said, ” we have gone round and recorded our observations, we have also advised for community outreach and advocacy programs to increase the enrollee strength of the facilities.
There is need to increase advocacy on enrolment to the contributory health insurance scheme especially those of the informal sector and we have suggested that management of the facilities collaborate with traditional rulers in their domain to enlighten the people on the benefits of enrolling into the health insurance scheme. It is improper for expectant mothers to go to traditional birth attendants where they are required to pay money in addition to the complications that may result, instead of going to the government health facilities where they will get good care without cost. Dr Onwuachi stated.

Also speaking to the press, Dr Daniel Omodion who recently joined the team advised that “there is need for the management of the health facilities to embark on outreach programs to ensure that the health facilities are put into maximum use because some of the facilities are operating below half of their maximum capacities.” We have told them that we are ready to assist them carry out the outreach programs if our assistance is needed.” Dr Omodion stated.

Dr. Kingsley Amaihunwa who addressed the press after visiting the Central Hospital, Ughelli thanked the management and staff of the hospital for their commitment to duty and encouraged them to do more in order to provide excellent health care service to the people.

Similarly, another member of the health monitoring team, Dr. Sam Efetobor after visiting the Govt. Hospital Otu-Jeremi pointed out areas that needs to be improved upon in the facility in order to enhance productivity and guarantee quality health care services to the people.

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