By Agnes Igwe
The Chairman Ebonyi State House of Assembly Committee on Health, Dr. Oliver Osi has reiterated the Committee’s determination to collaborate with the state stakeholders on Health to tackle the Health challenges of Ebonyi people.
Dr. Osi made this known recently during interaction with members of State Primary Health Development Agency, Hospital Management Board and State Health Insurance Agency at the House of Assembly complex Nkaliki Abakaliki.
Dr. Osi who represent Ivo constituency said that the present administration under the leadership of Governor David Umahi has made concerted efforts, initiated various interventions, policies and laws aimed at alleviating the Health crises experienced by the people in the past.
He highlighted the various interventions to include law against quackery, Primary Health Development Agency Law, State Health Insurance Law, Law on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Law establishing School of Health Technology Ngbo, Primary Health Centres in each of 171 INEC Wards in the State, construction of Modern General Hospitals in 13 Local Governments in the State to touch the lives of those at grassroot.
The State Lawmaker revealed that the House Committee on Health will soon embark on oversight and inspection of all Health facilities in the State including Public and Private Health Institutions with aims of fishing out quacks in Ebonyi State.
He said that it is disheartening to note that most of the avoidable deaths seen in the hospitals were due to medical quackery adding that it is unacceptable assuring that Government will do its best to reduce the attendant maternal/child morbidity and mortality.
Speaking, the chairman Ebonyi State Health Insurance Agency Chief Goddy Ogbaga said the intention of Government in establishing Health Insurance Agency was to have Universal Health coverage in the State and advised all to cue in.
Chief Ogbaga commended the State Governor for his corporation in providing all the relevant enablement that made it possible for the Agency to function effectively.
In their contributions, the Chairman State Primary Health Development Agency, Dr. James Okpata said that Health Sector was in a sorry situation but the Programmes of the present Government have given hope and success recorded in the area while Associate Prof. Uzoma Agwu lamented on the insufficient manpower and called for a rescue so as to have more effective Health delivering in the State.