- Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa is a medical doctor by training
- This is evident in the Okowa administration massive investment in the state's health care sector
- An aide to the governor, Veronica Abang, provides an insight into the governor's commendable healthcare initiatives
The special assistant on new media to the governor of Delta state, Veronica Abang has stated that the Delta government is using a tailored-fit solution in redefining the state's health sector.
Abang made the comment while speaking at a one-day forum focused on identifying the digital technology needed to attain Universal Health coverage.
According to her, a special framework designed by the Delta government has helped to deploy healthcare facilities to communities in hard-to-reach areas of the state.
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She also disclosed that Okowa's administration has been able to identify areas that have poor connectivity and provided them with network boosters and also creating alternative systems for areas yet to be covered with mobile networks.
She noted that one of the major challenges of digital health in Africa is the inability to access data and deployment of facilities to all remote areas.
“Delta state, under Governor Okowa has solved its problems by creating solutions that suit our environment; as opposed to borrowing solutions that are designed for other environments. This is exactly what has made us stand out,” she said.
Abang added that the state’s contributory health commission scheme has over 660,000 residents registered in the programme.
She said the health scheme has left its pilot phase and now doing so well covering the people’s health needs.
She added that the governor is already concluding plans to enlist senior citizens and physically challenged persons as children (below age 5) and pregnant women are currently enrolled on the scheme.
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has asked Nigerians to brace up for the multiplier effects of coronavirus, saying it could affect their socio-economic lives.
The governor, a trained medical doctor, made the statement at a quarterly session with the media in Asaba on Thursday, March 12.
He said the virus had made the price of oil in the international market to tumble and had also caused many industries to stop production.
The Nigerian government had earlier given a hint of what it is to come as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Globally, governments are reporting financial downtime as the world battles with the viral disease. Oil prices have also been affected by the global pandemic while tock markets have also experienced economic shocks.
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