By Jerry Onwuma
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Health monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko, has said the October 31 deadline given private Hospitals and Clinics in Delta State to validate their registration with the State Ministry of Health remains sacrosanct.
He called on operators of private health facilities in the state to ensure they complied within the period allowed for the validation to avoid being shut down, and to stick to international best practices and acceptable standards in the operations.
Dr Nwoko said private health facilities could do a lot towards achieving the Universal Health Coverage policy of Governor Okowa and by extension his Stronger Delta vision.
The SSA said the decision to get the facilities to validate was sequel to the resolution of a crucial meeting held between his Office, the Commissioner for Health and the Director, Medical Services and Training in the Ministry on September 3, 2019.
Dr. Nwoko, who also spoke on the activities of his office, explained that he had embarked on the first round of visitation to virtually all the health care facilities in Oshimili south local government area, and had reported accordingly and made necessary recommendations to the Governor.
He noted that health monitoring and evaluation was key to effective and efficient Health Care delivery, in line with the Universal Health Coverage policy of the Okowa administration.
The SSA further stated that the monitoring and evaluation visits to the Health facilities, as well as Agencies and Commission under the Ministry of Health were staggered and unannounced.