By Onomiguren Agbamu
Delta state governor has said it will continue to accord priority to healthcare to all Deltans, adding that the state was the first to implement the mandatory health insurance scheme in the country with over 1.2 m enrolled
The Governor gave this revelation when he played host to the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), led by its National Chairman, Pharm. Wale Oladigbolu and National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Professor Cyril Osifo at Government House, Asaba.
The Governor added that accessible and affordable healthcare is non-negotiable for a healthy, vibrant, and productive population.
He said: “It is gratifying to know that this conference is focusing on Universal Health Coverage. Accessible and affordable healthcare is a non-negotiable for a healthy, vibrant, and productive population.
“Health is life; hence, the implementation of the mandatory health insurance scheme must be pursued with vigor. I am happy to let you know that Delta State is doing very well in this regard.
“We are the first State to implement the mandatory health insurance scheme, with over 1.2milion enrolled. That makes us the only State that has achieved over 20 percent coverage of its citizens in the health scheme.
“This administration will continue to expand the capacity of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission to maintain its leadership position in the Country,” he said.
Oborevwori assured that the State Government would continue to partner with the Community Pharmacists to improve healthcare delivery in the State.
“Obviously, Community Pharmacists have an important role to play if the nation is to achieve its goal of universal health coverage.
“As a Government, we shall continue to leverage on the knowledge, skill, and expertise of the Community Pharmacists to deliver quality health care to our people because they are the bridge between patients and medical practitioners.
“They offer vital services, from dispensing medications to counselling patients on proper usage, contributing significantly to disease prevention and health promotion.
“We see you as partners in the healthcare delivery chain, and we will continue to provide the enabling environment for you to discharge your services,” Oborevwori added.
The Governor further remarked that Delta is a peaceful State that would continue to welcome visitors from all walks of life.
“It is always our pleasure to host National bodies in Delta State for their conferences.
“In the past eight years, Asaba is gradually acquiring the reputation of the ‘conference capital’ of Nigeria. Last month, we played host to the Optometrist Association of Nigeria for their 46th annual conference.
“This goes to show that Delta State is very peaceful and welcoming, and I am confident that you will have a very fruitful conference here,” he stated.
Earlier, Pharm. Oladigbolu said they were in the State for the National Scientific Conference of the Association, tagged: “Asaba 2023” with the theme: “Building Effective Community Pharmacy Services For Universal Health Coverage”.
Oladigbolu said the Asaba Conference is being attended by over 8,000 Pharmacists and 132 pharmaceutical companies operating in the Country, adding that no fewer than 107 Pharmacists in Delta State have been trained on vaccine administration.
He congratulated Governor Sheriff Oborevwori on his landslide victory at the polls, assuring him of the Association’s support.
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