By Emeka Nwokocha
Delta State Programme Officer at ACOMIN, has reiterated importance of a healthy and sustained collaboration with relevant stakeholders to ensure the ongoing global fund sponsored free malaria treatment in selected local government areas in the state runs without hitches.
Uwede made this known during a visit to Ndokwa West, and Sapele local government councils, on Thursday 13 and Monday 17 October, 2022, as part of ACOMIN’s continuing routine monitoring of the on-going free malaria treatment.
Speaking to the Executive Secretary, health department, Sapele local government council, Dr. Mercy Oghororo, on inherent challenges facing the health facilities under her office, he expressed concern that despite repeated appeal to the leadership of Sapele local government council to distribute the donated medical equipment and furniture stocked up in the council’s secretariat to health centres lacking furniture and medical equipment, still his requests had not been heeded.
Dr. Oghororo, who stood in for the Chairman of the council, Hon. Eugene Inoaghan, commended ACOMIN for its commitment to improving health care services in the state, stating that positive action would be taken to ensure health care delivery is prioritized to improve wellbeing of the people. She blamed the delay in the distribution of the medical equipment on bureaucratic bottleneck, assuring that the chairman would do the needful and distribute the equipment as soon as possible.
At Ndokwa West Council’s secretariat, Uwede, while speaking to the Secretary of the council, Hon. Augustine Ogochukwu Okom who stood in for the Chairman of the council, Chief Godday Obi Nzete, stressed importance of sustained collaboration with the local government council in ensuring the ongoing free malaria treatment runs full course without hindrance.
Continuing, he expressed concern about shortage of medical personnel at the facilities, urging the leadership of the council to take critical measures to address the challenge.
Responding, Hon. Okom said that progress had been made towards improving health care services in the facilities, adding that deployment of eight student nurses to the council for industrial attachment had already been done, and the student nurses would be posted to some of the health care facilities seriously lacking medical personnel.
Hon. Okom attributed the shortage of medical personnel to the state government’s embargo on employment. He however, said that further efforts were being made by the leadership of the council to bring a lasting solution to the shortage of medical personnel.
Continuing, he commended ACOMIN team for its consistent monitoring of the free malaria programme, and ensuring unhindered quality delivery of healthcare services to communities to scale up malaria prevention and treatment.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, Health Department of Ndokwa West local government LGA, Dr. Patricia Ossaiga, commended ACOMIN for its commitment in ensuring the ongoing free malaria treatment is seamlessly implemented to improve the wellbeing of the people, assuring that her office would give full support to enable smooth implementation of the free malaria treatment programme.