Monitoring and Evaluation, Crucial to Achieving Universal Health Coverage — Dr Michael Nwoko.
By Iroroh Frank
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko has stated that Monitoring and Evaluation of health care facilities across the State is crucial to achieving effective health care delivery to all residents of Delta State and ultimately ensure the actualization of Universal Health Coverage in line with the stronger Delta Agenda of His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State.
Dr. Nwoko stated this yesterday, 26th November, when he featured as a guest on Bridge FM Radio, Asaba.
The SSA, who spoke on the activities of the Health Monitoring team reiterated the need for the creation of the office by the Governor who is very passionate about the well-being of the people of the State.
His words, ‘a lot has been done in the health sector in the State, especially in the area of provision of physical infrastructure, His Excellency, haven done so much in the sector, decided to create the office of Health Monitoring and the idea is to carry out on the spot assessment of the health care facilities, assess, evaluate, appraise and give prompt report to the relevant authorities for quick response to address issues observed.’
Continuing, Dr. Nwoko stated, so far we have gone round most facilities in this State and I am quite impressed with what I have seen on ground. The Specialist Hospital Asaba is massive and has one of the best state-of-the-art medical equipment in the Country. The Sickle Centre, built and donated by Her Excellency, Dame Edith Okowa, the wife of the Governor of Delta State, is second to none in the country.
We have gone to the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara. That facility is massive and there is intensive reconstruction work ongoing there, the center has one of the best orthopedic equipment in the Country, it has the one of the best Dialysis Centres in the Country, infact it is a referral center for hospitals around this part of the Country.
We have also been to Eku Government Baptist Hospital, that facility is also wonderful, they are into local production of infusion and currently making efforts to increase the production in order to meet the consumption needs of other hospitals in the State.’ He stated.
Dr. Nwoko further added, ‘His Excellency has impacted on the health sector, we now have the Health Insurance scheme been administered by the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, as you are aware, health insurance is a key factor in achieving the Universal Health Coverage Policy. What is needed is regular and constant sensitisation of the people to enlighten them on the health insurance scheme to enable them key into the system and benefit from the different health packages in the scheme.
We also need to sensitise the people especially the people at the rural areas about the healthcare policy of the governor and all that he has put in place to take care of their health concerns. This is necessary to enable them know that the facilities are available for their healthcare needs, this will inturn prevent them from patronising traditional homes.
The SSA went further to emphasise that, ‘Delta State is poised to achieving the Universal Health Coverage Policy, which is brought about by the provision of affordable, accessible and quality healthcare service to all residents of the State.
Believe me, judging by the serious commitment of His Excellency on the transformation of the health sector, Medical Tourism will soon be a thing of the past in Nigeria’. He concluded.