In delivering the score cards of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Health, the state’s Commissioner for health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebo say, Bayelsa state’s five hundred 500-bed Hospital will be completed and commissioned by the end of this year.
Prof. Etebo said this at the second day of the Inter Ministerial/Agency briefing and Score Card presentations held at Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.
Etebo said Bayelsa state is the only state in the country that has an Health Care Insurance Scheme (HCIS).
He assured the people of the state that, training and retraining of HCIS, to ensure best practices as obtainable in other parts of the world, will be the focus of the Health ministry.
Prof. Etebo said, a Primary Health Care Development Board (PHCDB) will also be set up by February 2018, through a bill that will soon be passed into law by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly.
The Commissioner added that, the “Saving One Million Lives And Result Program”, a partnership between the state government, World Bank, UNICEF and the Federal Government (FG), needs a princely sum of One Million, Five hundred thousand dollars ($1.5), to achieve its target.
His words; “The ministry will take responsibility of antenatal care for all pregnant women in the state, provide Eye Lenses for primary and secondary school students, and construct Health Care Facilities, with standard accommodation for Nurses and Doctors.
“The state Public Health Laboratory (PHL) have been put in place to monitor foods and drinks that is consumed by Bayelsans, and research on malaria, tuberculoses and HIV/AIDS cases at the 500-bed Hospital.
Prof. Etebo also gave his audience the cheery news that Niger Delta University (NDU) medical students who were held back as a result of lack of space for their Housemanship training, for over thirteen (13) years, have now graduated and that the requisite accreditation of the various programmes in the College of Health Technology, to produce other health professionals that will ensure safe health care delivery in the state have also been successful.
In his own remarks, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Kemela Okara, who was also the chairman of the programme, Mr. Kemela Okara explained said, the programme is an opportunity for all to ask questions on the stewardship of the management of the Ministry.
Mr. Okara commended the Commissioner of Information for making it possible for all the Ministries and Agencies of the state to present their achievements since 2012 till date.
He added that, ideas should also be proffered to implement government policies in line with the Governor’s promises of providing security, quality education, health care facilities and infrastructural developments for the betterment of human existence.
Earlier in the Score Card presentation, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson said, some states in the country have started coming into Bayelsa state to learn about governance and how to ensure that the people enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Hon. Iworiso-Markson expressed gratitude to all the participants and applauded them for taking the pains to attend the programme, calling on all to support the goodwill of the restoration government in making Bayelsa a model state in the country.