Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has reiterated the state government’s commitment to delivering quality healthcare to people of the state.
The Governor stated this on Friday when he received members of the Branch Officers Committee of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Delta State chapter, who visited him at Government House, Asaba.
He congratulated the officers on their victory at the keenly contested election that brought them into office, stressing that a lot was expected of the NMA in Delta with regards to discipline of members in their places of work.
Okowa expressed worry about incessant rifts between doctors and other health workers in government hospitals and urged the NMA to ensure harmonious working relationship between doctors and other health workers to ensure quality healthcare for Deltans.
The Governor urged heads of government hospitals to take responsibility in ensuring that their facilities were not found wanting in quality healthcare delivery to Deltans.
He explained that the heads were usually liable for shortcomings in their places of work, stressing that heads of the hospitals must ensure that there was peace among health workers in the state.
Okowa thanked doctors and nurses for the great work done during the containment of the COVID – 19 pandemic and pledged to look into all the issues presented to him with a view to addressing some of them for the overall good of healthcare delivery in the state.
Earlier, the Delta State Chairman of NMA, Dr Nwose Emmanuel-Ossai, disclosed that the visit was to commend Governor Okowa for his monumental achievements, especially in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and to seek partnership with governnent in moving the health sector in the state forward.
Dr. Emmanuel-Ossai sought the approval of the Governor in the payment of allowances to doctors working in riverside areas as well as assistance towards the completion of the NMA Secretariat in the state.
He commended the Governor for approving the Residency Training Programme in the state, which he said would boost quality healthcare delivery in the state