Private Health Facilities Given Two Weeks Grace To Revalidate their registration — Dr. Michael Nwoko.
By Iroroh Frank
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko, has disclosed that private healthcare providers in the State has been given two weeks grace period to complete their revalidation process with the State Ministry of Health.
Dr. Nwoko, stated that the two weeks extension became necessary for the simple fact that many of the private health facilities had commenced their revalidation process within the deadline of October 31st, adding that it will be out of place to start shutting down facilities of those who have already started the process.
This SSA, made the disclosure on Thursday 7th November, 2019, when he featured on the Platform, The Pointer Newspaper, guest of the week program. Where he threw more light on His Excellency, Senator Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State’s declaration on Patient Centre Care, PCC, at the recently concluded National Health Summit and wide range of issues bothering on achieving the Universal Healthcare Coverage Policy in the State. These issues will be presented in subsequent reports.
While addressing the question of the 31st October 2019, deadline given to private health facilities in the State to register or revalidate their registration with the Ministry of Health , Dr. Michael Nwoko stated, ‘I remember the last time I came here to interact with you, I seized the opportunity to notify members of the public, the strategy adopted by my office in collaboration with ministry of health towards sanitizing private practice in the State, knowing full well that private facilities are strategic stakeholders with respect to ensuring accessible, affordable and quality healthcare across the State.
It was resolved in a tripartite meeting between my office, the Hon. Commissioner for Health and the Director, Medical Services and Training to shut down private health facilities that fail to revalidate their registration with the Ministry of Health after the 2 months deadline which elapsed on 31st October, 2019.
This decision is on account of the reports We have been receiving concerning private health care facilities operating in the State without the necessary registration with the Ministry of Health while there are some of them that are registered but have not renewed their registration for many years.
These facilities includes Maternity homes, Medical Laboratory outfits, Dental clinics, Optometric clinics and Medical Hospitals/Clinics.
‘Now, haven looked at the statistics of the compliance level of lthese private facilities, although the deadline given to them has elapsed, and haven realized that many of them are on the process of compliancel we felt that it will not be ideal to start shutting them down, hence we decided to give them two weeks grace, beginning from 31st October to the middle November for those who have obtained forms to complete the process’.
‘I want to assure you that machinery has been put in place to commence the shutdown of illegal private health facilities when the deadline elapses. A team is malready on standby, and once the deadline elapses, they will swing into action immediately.’ The SSA assured conclusively’.