Right-Left: Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Barry Pere Gbe and Commissioner for Basic and Primary Education, Chief Sunday Onoriode during the inauguration of the Taskforce

By Festus Ahon, ASABA

AS part of its effort to improve the health condition of the people, Delta State Government, Monday, inaugurated a taskforce on Primary Health Care with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as Chairman.

Others are; the State Commissioners for Health, Education, Women Affairs, Information, Finance, Environment and Economic Planning, Chairman of the Delta State Primary Health Care Development Agency, DSPHCDA and the Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON as members.

Also in the committee are; the representatives of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), State Based Organisations (SBOs), Faith Based Organisations, Media in the state and partner agencies active in PHC/Immunisation in the state, while the Permanent Secretary, DSPHCDA and Director Immunization would serve as the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the taskforce committee.

Speaking during the inauguration, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said the objective of the taskforce was to elevate primary health care facilities at the community level to a comprehensive, effective and efficient health care delivery system.

Okowa told members of the committee to ensure replication of their activities at the local level, adding that their meetings should be held quarterly.

He said the state government intended to strengthen active community participation, intra and inter-sectorial linkages, using appropriate technology for virile primary healthcare delivery in the state.

Speaking on behalf of the committee members, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, thanked the state government for finding them worthy to serve.

He promised that they would not betray the confidence reposed on them, saying they would carry out their duties diligently to the best of their abilities.

Some of the terms of reference of the taskforce included ensuring effective leadership and coordination of primary healthcare (PHC) activities, intensifying routine immunisation activities required to sustain the interruption and eradication of Polio outbreaks and advocating for timely and adequate resource allocation as well as ensuring judicious use of funds, among others.


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