By Iroroh Frank

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Delta State on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko, has urged healthcare providers across the State to step up their services in order to meet the needs of enrollees of the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme.
The SSA made the call during a press briefing shortly after being conducted round the facilities at Federal Medical Center (FMC), Asaba, Wednesday 4th August,

Dr. Michael Nwoko, SSA to the Gov. on health monitoring (left) and Dr. Mrs Uche Okwe, CMD, secreteriat clinic, Asaba.

Dr. Nwoko was at the medical centre as part of his duty to monitor and evaluate healthcare facilities in the State.

The SSA and his team were received and Conducted round the facility by the Chief Medical Director, Dr. Victor Azubuike Osiatuma.

Dr. Michael Nwoko (left) and Dr. V. A. Osiatuma (right).

While addressing the management of the center, Dr. Nwoko, thanked the Staff and Management for their commitment to ensuring they meet the increasing demand of enrollees of the contributory Health Insurance Scheme. He stated that Health Insurance is the global trend in healthcare delivery which can guarantee Universal Health coverage and bring about Accessible, Affordable and Quality Health care services to the people.

Dr. Michael Nwoko, third from left and Dr. U. Okwe third from right and management of the secreteriat clinic.

The SSA reiterated His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa’s vision to transform healthcare delivery service in the State, by introducing far reaching measures to reposition the health sector to meet the global trend.

His words, ‘His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State has done so much in the health sector since assumption of office in 2015 by the establishment of the Delta State Contributory Health Scheme, Strengthening of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency to effectively drive health care delivery at the Primary Healthcare level and overwhelming support towards the provision of modern equipment to the Federal Medical Centre in order to enhance their capacity to provide excellent health care services’.

Digital unit, FMC.

Continuing, Dr. Nwoko said, ‘the Governor’s passion is to see that healthcare facilities put in place are up and running and uninterrupted, which underscores the need to appoint an SSA Health Monitoring, to Monitor, Evaluate and appraise the facilities in order to enhance their capacity to render Quality, Affordable and Accessible Health Care’, he concluded.

The Chief Medical Director of the Center, Dr. V. A. Osiatuma, Stated that the hospital is rapidly modernising to meet the increasing demand of the enrollees of the Health Insurance Scheme. He disclosed that the facility currently has over 5,000 enrollees of the Contributory Health Scheme and that the number is increasing daily. The CMD commended His Excellency, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for domesticating the Health Insurance Scheme in the State.

Dr. Michael Nwoko addressing staff of the record unit, FMC, Asaba.

The CMD further stated that the hospital has gone digital, that most of their operations have been digitalised and therefore making their services more efficient.

His words, ‘we are working round the clock to ensure we meet the increasing demand of the enrollees of health insurance scheme. We are currently procuring and installing high-tech medical equipment including the digital X-ray machine that have just been installed. We are equally expanding the infrastructural facilities in the center and we have completely digitalised our operations, every department is digitalised, before now we use to move patients cards from one section to the other, but now that is no longer happening, patients medical history, treatment procedures are relayed to deferent section through the computer. All these innovations are made possible because of the support we get from both the Federal Government and the Delta State Government, the CMD concluded’.

Dr. Nwoko and Dr. Osiatuma discussing issues of interest.

Dr. Michael Nwoko and his team, also visited the State Secretariat Clinic. They were conducted round the Clinic by the Medical Director, Dr. Uche Okwe in company of the management team of the clinic.

The erudite SSA and his team toured round the different units of the Clinic, interacted with Staff and took note of their challenges for proper reporting to the appropriate authorities.

The Medical Director of the Clinic thanked the Governor for appointing Dr. Michael Nwoko as SSA, Health Monitoring as Monitoring is key in the health sector so as to address the issues affecting Healthcare delivery in the State. He also thanked the SSA for visiting the Clinic and pledged more commitment to duty on the path of the staff in order to achieve the Universal Healthcare Coverage programs and the Governor’s vision.

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