Benin, September 20, 2016 – The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 28 Edo Governorship elections, Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, on Tuesday, unveiled plans to make Edo the medical hub of Nigeria. He also disclosed that his administration’s health policy would focus on the poor and vulnerable in the state.
Speaking at an interactive section with members of the Edo State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Obaseki stated, “We will build confidence in our health sector such that Nigerians who usually would travel abroad to seek medical care can come to Edo State and get the same quality of treatment.”
“As a matter of priority we will equip the newly refurbished Central Hospital, Benin, with the latest medical equipment and technology, and also staff with adequate, well-trained healthcare professionals. Our administration will also build and equip specialized departments and laboratories within the hospital for diagnosis and treatment of ailments for which Nigerians seek medical attention abroad.”
“Within the next four years more standard hospitals will be built across the state, and equipped with the necessary equipment and manpower for more efficient service delivery. We will also build emergency care centers at strategic locations across the state for prompt medical intervention – particularly for accident victims, and also to reduce the pressure at the centre. Specifically, one will be built at Okada, along Benin-Lagos highway; another at Ologbo, between Edo-Delta highway; and another at Ehor, along Benin-Auchi expressway.”
The APC flagbearer also emphasized that the development of primary healthcare centres, particularly in rural communities, will be a major areas of focus, and that the health programmes of his government would also target the poor in the society.
“While we are committed to establishing more standard hospitals and emergency centres, government also has the responsibility to ensure access to basic medical care for those who cannot afford the bills; and this we will do under our health financing scheme! We will also build new primary health centres across the state – and upgrade old ones – so that people in the rural areas can equally have access to quality healthcare services.”
Obaseki assured the doctors, as well as all other healthcare practitioners in the state, of a good working relationship when elected governor. He promised that areas of dissatisfaction – particularly working conditions and welfare packages of the health workers – would be improved upon while asking for their support and cooperation to enable him actualise his plans for the sector.
In his remark, the President of the NMA, Dr. Emmanuel Osigbofo, said that the association is prepared to give the APC governorship candidate the required support, and tasked him to make good his electoral promises when elected into office.