By Emeka Nwokocha
A nonprofit organization, ACOMIN, monitoring the ongoing Global Fund for ATM free malaria treatment in some local government areas of Delta state, has intensified calls on the chairman of Sapele local government council, Hon. Eugene Inoaghan to as a matter of urgency, distribute the stocked donated medical items in the council to Primary Health Care Facilities in the local government, to address poor state of infrastructure in the sector and make health service delivery seamless and efficient.
ACOMIN Programme Officer in Delta state, Mr. Austin Uwede, accompanied by his team, heightened the call on Thursday, 18 August, 2022, when he visited Sapele local government council, on Thursday, 18 August, 2022.
Speaking to Mr. Henry Apriyor, Supervisor of Environment in the council, who stood in for Hon. Inoaghan, ACOMIN Programme Officer called on the chairman to expedite action to ensure the donated medical equipment are urgently distributed so as to addressing obvious challenges including lack of furniture in some of the facilities.
Speaking on behalf of the chairman, Mr. Apriyor said, “the chairman, Hon. Eugene Inoaghan is on the verge of distributing the donated items to Primary Health Care Facilities in Sapale local government area,” adding, “modalities have been put in place to distribute the items according to the needs of the facilities.”
He further stated, “some drugs have been distributed recently to meet the demand of the facilities. Also the chairman has concluded plans to set up new facility to improve health care services in Sapele local government area where some of the donated items will be put to use.”
In a related development, the ACOMIN team led by Mr. Austin Uwede, spoke to the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Authority, Ughelli North, Dr. Johnson Uyovwiesevwa about the inherent challenges in the ongoing free malaria treatment in Ughelli North, stressing the need for urgent repair of the broken roof of Afiesere health facility which has encumbered health care delivery over time.
Continuing, Uwede passionately called on the chairman of Ughelli North, Hon. Godwin Adode to fix the road leading to Agbarho facility to facilitate its accreditation, noting that the bad state of the road had hindered accreditation of the facility in recent times.
Uwede also expressed concern about the leaking roof of Odovie facility and urged the leadership of Ughelli North to fix it as soon as possible, saying medical personnel work in an unhealthy work environment at the facility which seriously hinders delivery of quality health services to patients.
Responding, Dr. Uyovwiesevwa commended ACOMIN for its monitoring activities, stating that he would brief the chairman on the development, assuring that measures would be taken to address the challenges and make the free malaria treatment a hitch free exercise.