My Administration Is Committed, Truly On Course To Providing Quality Healthcare Services For All Deltans – Gov Okowa
The Delta State Governor, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has stated that his government is committed and truly on course to provide quality healthcare services for all residents of the State in an efficient and sustainable approach.
Governor Okowa stated this at the Rollout Implemention Of The Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) on July 3rd, 2019 at Akwukwu-Igbo in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the State.
Gov. Okowa who was represented by his deputy, Deacon (Barr.) Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, noted that a healthy State is a wealthy State and as such, health is an integral part of our Stronger Delta agenda, with a view to consolidating on the prosperity, peace and progress of our people.
While congratulating President Mohammadu Buhari on the successful launch of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in January this year, the Delta State Governor conveyed the gratitude of all Deltans for the opportunity to participate in the programme.
Adding, “I thank the Federal Ministry of Health for the opportunity accorded the State, our donor and development partners for their tireless efforts”.
The governor while appreciating the State Ministry of Health Team, the State Contributory Health Commission, the Primary Health Development Agency and the Local Government Authority for their immense contributions towards ensuring the successful kickoff implementation of the program in the State, he said, its gratifying to witness the actualization of the National Health Act he helped to ensure its passage in the 7th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Governor Okowa disclosed that Delta State was first in the country to commence the program with the establishment of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission in 2016.
“We have demonstrated strong commitment towards attaining Universal Health Coverage, especially in the last four years.” He said.
He revealed that as at May, 2019, over 530,664 Deltans had been enrolled, including pregnant women, elderly persons, traditional rulers, widows, artisans and others into Equity Plans, Formal Plans, and Informal Plans, he said the services are being provided under the Commission in over 110 primary healthcare facilities, 65 secondary facilities and 52 private healthcare facilities splead across the State.
“We shall continue to do our best to deliver Health for all Deltas in line with the Universal Health Coverage of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We resolved to work tirelessly with all relevant stakeholders In the State and at the Federal levels in the next four years to ensure our primary healthcare system is responsive to the needs of all Deltans”. Governor Okowa pledged.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs). Minnie Oseji disclosed that about 229 Primary Healthcare facilities across the State had been selected and are at various stages of facility upgrade in order to give quality assurance for the implementation of the BHC.
She added that the implementation of the BHCPF would further strengthen the State Health Insurance Scheme by reducing out of pocket spending for health services thereby encouraging rural dwellers to take advantage of the inherent opportunity to enroll in the Scheme.
Dr. Oseji noted that the BHCPF programme is expected to provide free access to malaria treatment, immunization, antenatal and other services, “he said.
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