The Delta state commissioner for health, Dr Omordi Ononye, has confirmed that a large percentage of those accessing the Delta state health facility, Okwe central hospital in Oshimili south local government area of the state are people from across the River Niger.
He said: “If you even check attendance at the Okwe central hospital, most of those who come for anti-natal there are from across the Niger.”
Dr. Ononye, who recently took over the health ministry few days after Governor Okowa sacked former commissioner, Nicholas Azinge, made the shocking revelation Tuesday while taking his turn at the ongoing ministerial press briefing at the conference hall of the ministry of information in Asaba, the state capital.
The health commissioner also revealed that it is the intention of the present administration to site central hospitals across the 25 local government areas of the state to enable Deltans access healthcare facilities with ease.
He frowned at the situation where health facilities sited in some community are being vandalized instead of the community people taking ownership and protecting them from the activities of vandals.
He said local government chairmen whose primary purpose is to oversee the primary healthcare centres across the state have being enjoined to be more proactive, saying “we are ready to do our part, but they too should do theirs”, stressing that healthcare service delivery in the riverine areas would be improved.
On infant mortality rate, Ononye hinted that in 2014, infant mortality death was 400:100, 000, while in 2015, it was 110:100, 000, “now, 2016 and 2017 figures were collected late and they are being collated and from what we see, the trend has always been downwards. With all the initiative of government, we expect to see a mass reduction in those figures.”
According to him, the Asaba Central hospital would soon be put to use as internal roads in the health facility are near completion, noting: “they assured us that before the third week of May, the roads will be delivered”, adding that as soon as the road is delivered there would be a phase use of the health facility.
He disclosed that two health facilities to care for those with mental cases and those who may degenerate into mental disorder would be sited in Warri and Agbor to enable health personnel do their work effectively.