Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has tasked healthcare providers to deliver quality services to the people especially at the primary healthcare centres.
The governor gave the charge in Benin City recently when he received the executives of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Edo State chapter, at the Government House Benin City.
Obaseki, who commended the association for its contributions to the uplift of the state, observed that the passion shown by the medical women was a demonstration of their commitment to contribute meaningfully to the development of the healthcare system in Edo State.
l am delighted to see professionals who on their own volition want to give back to their people and assist in the development of their communities. l know the force of women and the extra work you put in as medical women,’’ he added.
He urged the group to partner with the state government in developing a policy framework that will be used to address some of the challenges militating against the primary healthcare system.
He explained that ‘’there are generic problems and challenges and if we do not address these challenges, whatsoever we are doing will not be sustained overtime, adding “As a government, we have to fix the healthcare system, first by communicating our plans effectively because people equate healthcare with general hospitals.
Obaseki disclosed that the state government at a recent two-day health workshop, found out that the problems in the healthcare system could only be dealt with from the base through capacity building and assured that the state government would soon domesticate the Federal Government Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to give the people access to affordable healthcare.
In her remarks, President of the association, Dr. Anthonia Inibokun Njoku, commended the governor for his developmental strides, adding that the association was confident that he would bring the desired change in the state.
She noted that the association’s mandate includes improving the health status of the populace especially women and children who are the vulnerable groups in the society.
Dr. Njoku explained that the association was also charged with advocacy work, health talks, screening exercises and medical outreaches.
The health expert said the state chapter of MWAN has a rich resource of female doctors and dentists with about 300 members and sought the assistance of the state government in providing vehicles to reach out to more people and a women’s clinic with screening facilities.