By Donald Ojebo
The United Nations’ Organization has commended the Delta government for the construction of a 250-bed Asaba Specialist Hospital to improve provision of health services for it’s citizenry.
Dr. Edward Kallon, United Nations’ (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator gave the commendation during the facility tour embarked on by him and his delegation to the Asaba Specialist Hospital.
Dr Kallon who was accompanied by Dr Walter Mulombo, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for Nigeria and Frantz Celestine, Chief of Mission, International Migration Organization (IMO) said they were very impressed with the State government’s developmental strides in the health sector and encouraged the State government not to rest on its oars.
The State delegation was led by Dr. Ejiro Ogheneaga, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health who conducted the visitors round the various health facilities visited.
He said they were in the State to reinforce the partnership between the UN and the Delta State Government through the provision of support in the State’s fight against Covid-19 among other health issues.
Dr. Peace Ighowese, Medical Director, Asaba Specialist Hospital who conducted the Team during the facility tour showed the Team some of its facilities which included CT Scan equipment, Theatre and Intencive Care Unit, Maternity Complex which comprised of Labour Ward, Theatre, and Neonatal Unit) and the Sickle Cell Referral Center.
At the neonatal unit, the Team was excited with the success story recorded with the set of twins that weighed 0.35kg managed at the Unit and the baby weighing 0.9kg who was brought in at 0.65kg and doing well.
At the Headquarters, State Contributory Health Commission, the Team was received and conducted round the Commission by Dr Isaac Akpoveta, Chairman, State Contributory Health Commission who revealed that 20% coverage has been achieved and working towards achieving 75% coverage before the end of the Okowa administration.
At the Primay Healthcare Center, Umuagu, Dr Ebonka, Executive Secretary, Oshimili South Local Government Health Authority received and conducted the Team round the facility. Sections visited included records, laboratory and the cold chain were vaccines were stored.
The Team commended the Health Center for it’s high percentage coverage of immunization in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic and encouraged them to share their success story with other Primay Health Centers with the view to recording such successes in other facilities.
The Team also visited the Federal Medical Center, Asaba where they were received by the Chief Medical Director, Dr Victor Osiatuma.
Places visited included the Center for Communicable Disease and Research built, furnished and handed over to the Federal Medical Center, Asaba which has ensuite rooms, nurses bay and doctors room with CCTV cameras where patients are monitored, holding rooms and laboratory.
The Team also inspected the Molecular Laboratory, a level 2 bio safety laboratory which is still under construction. A request was made by the institution for financial assistance from the UN for research purpose.