Optimal Performance Of Health Care Facilities Will Guarantee Increased Enrollees Strength –
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 increased enrollees strength in any health facility is a function of the performance of all the units, departments and wards in that health facility.
Dr. Nwoko made the statement at the Government Hospital Owhelogbo, in Isoko North Local Government area, on Thursday 5th December 2019, while addressing the staffers of the hospital, at the end of the tour of health facilities in the Local Government.
The SSA, who advised the management and staff of the hospital to live up to their responsibilities as healthcare givers, reminded them of the burning desire of His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, to achieve the Universal Health Coverage Policy in the State.
His words, ‘His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Governor, is very passionate about the health and general well-being of the people, as a Senator of the Federal Republic, he midwifed the Basic Health Care Provision Funds act, funds that is currently being accessed by States.
His Excellency, the Governor has also domesticated the laudable Health insurance policy in the State in order to guarantee affordable, accessible and quality health care for all residents of the State.’
The SSA further added, ‘His Excellency, haven done so much in revamping the health sector, deemed it necessary to create the Health Monitoring Office, to monitor, assess, evaluate and appraise all the health facilities in the state and promptly report the observed inadequacies in the facilities to the relevant authority. This is to ensure immediate action to address such lapses in order to enhance effective, quality, accessible and affordable healthcare delivery service to all residents of Delta State.
This is why we are here, to carryout this assignment as SSA’s to the Governor on Health Monitoring, Dr Nwoko emphasized’.
Dr. Nwoko, continued, ‘so far we have visited a good number of health facilities in the State and have observed that the turnout of patients/enrollees in a health facility is a function of the operations of all the units, departments and wards in the facility and I want to advice you to carry out your duties professionally and diligently to attract patients/enrollees to your health facility and prevent them from Patronizing traditional homes where they may be exposed to more health risks.’
‘We have also collected data from all the Centres visited, we will analysis them to identity areas that need prompt attention. You cannot be requesting for personnel when the available ones are not put into optimal use, it is when there is optimal utilisation of available personnel in a health facility, that the idea of engaging more to meet the demand, could be considered.’ Dr Nwoko concluded.
Also speaking to the staffers of the the health facility, Dr. Patrick Onwuachi, advised the management and staff of the hospital to be up and doing and reminded them that there is a new order in the health sector in the State.
His words, ‘I want to advice you to be up and doing. You must show passion for the patients and apply professional ethics in the conduct of your duties. The new paradigm is now patient centre care PCC, as proclaimed by the Governor. This entails that you must show compassion to your patients and their family members. How you relate with them is as important as the treatment you administer to them’. He admonished the staffers.
In conclusion, Dr. Onwuachi told them to turn a new leave adding that he would want to see better services when the team visit again.
Speaking in same vein, Dr. Kingsley Amaihunwa lectured the staffers on the Patient Centre Care, ‘as you are aware, His Excellency has made a strong advocacy on the Patient Centre Care recently at the National Health Summit, where he emphasized the need for health workers to show love and compassion to patients and their family members, because such approach is the first step in giving them positive hope of recovery.
I equally want to let you understand that Health Insurance is the way to go, and that enrollees of the scheme wants nothing other than effective and quality healthcare service. Therefore, you must readjust to be able to attract enrollees to this centre’, he stated.
The Health Monitoring team on the visit to health facilities in the Local government area, was led by Dr. Michael Nwoko, other members are Dr Patrick Onwuachi, Dr Kingsley Amaihunwa and their aides. They were in Isoko North as part of the monitoring of health facilities in the Local Government Area of Delta South senatorial district.
The Health facilities visited were; Primary Health Centre, Ellu, Government Hospital, Ofagbe, Primary Health Centre, Ovrode, General Hospital, Ozoro, Primary Health Centre 3 Ozoro, Primary Health Centre, Owhelogbo, Government Hospital, Owhelogbo and Primary Health Centre, Ofagbe.