As part of measures to improve the quality of health care service delivery to its citizenry particularly during this Coronavirus pandemic, the Delta State Government has assured of it’s readiness to complete health projects it embarked on in line with specifications on the bills of quantity(BOQ).
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji gave the assurance during her project monitoring / inspection visits to projects in Warri South and Uwie Local Government Areas embarked on by the Ministry.
Dr. Oseji who was accompanied by the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Dr. Ejiro Ogheneaga with other top officials in the Ministry said the essence of the visits was to track projects earlier embarked by the Ministry to monitor the projects awarded by the Ministry and ascertain the level of completion.
She said the administration of Senator, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa placed a lot of importance on the health sector hence between 2018 and 2019 it embarked on massive renovation of health facilities across the state which includes primary, secondary and tertiary hospitals while also stating that with about 80% of the Ministry’s budget released last in 2018, the Ministry cannot but follow up the projects to their completion.
Dr. Oseji said that the scheduled visits commenced two weeks ago with the visit to the General Hospital Ogwashi-Uku and on 25th June 2020 the team visited projects at General Hospital Ekpan, Central Hospital Warri and Primary Health Center, Igbudu in Warri.
At the Central Hospital Warri, the project inspected was the replacement of the 2.5MVA 33/11 KVA transformer embarked on by the State Government to improve the quality of power supply in the hospital. The Team was conducted round the site by the Medical Director, Dr. Paul Okubor who said the project has been fully completed and energized.
Also visited was the on-going Primary Health Center, Igbudu where the building has reached an advanced stage and a promise by the contractor on ground that the work will be completed next month July, 2020.
The Team also visited the on-going renovation work at the General Hospital Ekpan and was conducted round the hospital facility by Dr. Abeke, the Medical Director. Sections inspected receiving intervention included the Accident and Emergency Ward, waiting section at the Out-Patient Department (OPD), Pharmacy, Maternity, Labour ward, Antenatal Centre, Theatre and Gate House/fencing.
The Permanent Secretary informed the Medical Director that as part of measures to enhance monitoring of renovation work at the hospitals, the Commissioner has directed that there should be more interface between the contractor and the end users.