Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has reiterated the commitment of the state government towards improving the health sector by promoting effective healthcare service delivery.
Ikpeazu said this on Monday during the distribution of medical supplies to some government-owned health facilities and a mission hospital in Umuahia.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the medical supplies were donated by Life Resources International, an international donor organisation, in partnership with Zikora Foundation, a non-govenmental organisation.
The governor, who was represented by Dr John Ahukanna, said that the present administration was desirous to bequeath total and qualitative healthcare to the people?
He said that the health policies and programmes of the state government were informed by the need to reach the less privileged, especially people at the grassroots.
Ikpeazu said that the state government would not hesitate to support any venture that would make healthcare services affordable and accessible to people.
He thanked the donors of the medical supplies for complementing Abia government’s health programmes and disclosed that another shipment of medical equipment would be delivered to the state government before the end of the year.
Ikpeazu said: “I am making a personal appeal to the officials that would be handling these materials to ensure that the aim of providing the medical supplies would not be defeated.
”If you happen to get equipment that you don’t know how to use get in touch with the relevant agencies to ensure that you are educated on how to use it.”
Dr Zik Ikeora, the Chairman of Zikora Foundation, said that the gesture was aimed at promoting universal health coverage and providing affordable healthcare services.
Ikeora charged the beneficiaries to utilise the medical equipment to transform the quality of healthcare delivery in the state.
Earlier, Dr Michael Enyinnaya, the Coordinator of Donated Medical Equipment and Supplies Project, said “the things here are things that are considered very important for the smooth running of our hospitals.
“The present consignment has items such as stretchers, surgical instruments, theatre wears, glucometres, gauze, disinfectants, gowns, anaesthetic accessories, orthopedic appliances just to mention a few,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Emmanuel Ogbuehi, an official of Abia Health Systems, said that he was pleased to see that another giant stride had been made to improve healthcare delivery in Abia.
Ogbuehi said that he was confident that the medical supplies would be put to good use for the betterment of the people of Abia and the health sector.
NAN reports that the medical supplies were given to Aba General Hospital, Abia Specialist Hospital, Madonna Hospital Umuahia, Abriba General Hospital and Osusu Primary Health Center (PHC).
Others are Osusu PHC, Obehie PHC, Mgboko PHC, Umuobiakwa PHC, Osisioma Health Office, Umuehim PHC, Nkwoegwu PHC, Ubakala PHC, Igbere PHC, Mkporo PHC, Ahaba PHC, and Amannagwu PHC.