The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reassured that his government will, in the second term, sustain investment in the provision of quality health care services to the people, so that more residents, especially rural dwellers will have access to quality and affordable health care.
Obaseki gave the assurance when he flagged off the Modified Integrated Medical Outreach Programme (MI-MOP), which is being coordinated by the Edo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
The first round of the outreach, which was flagged off at Eyaen Primary HealthCare Center (PHC) in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State, will end on Friday 27th November, 2020.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, said the programme will be conducted in seven low immunization performing Local Government Areas of Edo State, including Esan North East, Esan South East, Etsako West, Owan West, Orhionmwon, Ovia North East and Uhumwonde.
Obaseki noted that the outreach will improve immunization and PHCs service delivery in the targeted low-performing LGAs as well as increase uptake of ante-natal Care (ANC) and health facility delivery.
The governor said his administration is strengthening the foundation of the state’s healthcare system by increasing access to effective, efficient, and sustainable delivery of quality healthcare that will meet the aspiration of residents.
On her part, Edo State Coordinator, World Health Organisation (WHO), Mrs. Faith Ireye, hailed the governor and his deputy for their passion towards strengthening the primary healthcare system in the state.
The Executive Secretary, Edo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (EDSPHCDA), Dr. (Mrs). Erhabor Osarenokemen Julie, commended the governor for the huge investment in the state’s health sector.
Erhabor appealed to parents, guardians and caregivers especially mothers to visit the nearest health facility for PHCs services as well as immunization of their children, noting that vaccination is a highly effective method for preventing infectious diseases.