By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that access to good health facility was a basic necessity for all Nigerians irrespective of class or status.
Declaring open the 41st Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the West African College of Physicians, WACP, with the theme, Universal Access to Health, a Basic Necessity for Attainment of the SDG’, in Asaba, Okowa described the theme as apt.
The governor who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, said that promoting healthy living was relevant to sustainable development.
According to him, infant mortality was very low in Delta State compared to other developing nations, adding “Our free maternal health programme has immensely galvanised maternity health and infant health in the state.”
In his welcome address, National Chairman of WACP, Dr Abel Onunu, said that one of the traditions of the college was the Annual General and Scientific meeting with a specific focus for each year.
Onunu said that the programme had proved to be an invaluable forum for the yearly review of activities of the college and exchange of innovative concepts in health services and researches.
He commended State Ifeanyi Okowa and acknowledged the state government’s giant stride particularly in the health sector.
Earlier in his remarks, Local Organising Chairman, Dr Leo Erhunwhense, said that the conference provides the best forum to plan and strategize for the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Erhunwhense said that the conference was aimed at coming up with modalities for the way forward in the sub region where the burden of health care challenges far outweigh health provisions.
He commended the Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge for his contribution to the success of the programme and for facilitating the nexus between the WACP and the state government.