Few days to the Edo State governorship election, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has unveiled plans to make the State, the medical hub of Nigeria.
If elected, Godwin Obaseki said that his administration’s health policy would focus on the poor and vulnerable.
Building health confidence
At an interactive section with members of the Edo State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Obaseki stated, “We will build confidence in our health sector so that Nigerians who usually travel abroad to seek medical care can come to Edo State and get the same quality of treatment.
“As a matter of priority, we will equip the newly refurbished Central Hospital, Benin, with the latest medical equipment and also staff with adequate, well-trained healthcare professionals. Our administration will also build and equip specialised departments and laboratories within the hospital for diagnosis and treatment of ailments for which Nigerians seek medical attention abroad.”
“Within the next four years, more standard hospitals will be built across the state and equipped for more efficient service delivery. We will also build emergency care centres at strategic locations across the state for prompt medical intervention, particularly for accident victims and also to reduce the pressure at the centre. Specifically, one will be built at Okada, along Benin-Lagos highway; another at Ologbo, between Edo-Delta highway; and another at Ehor, along Benin-Auchi expressway,” Mr Obaseki explained.
Primary healthcare centres
The APC flag bearer also emphasised that the development of primary healthcare centres, particularly in rural communities would be major areas of focus and that the health programmes of his government would also target the poor in the society.
“While we are committed to establishing more standard hospitals and emergency centres, government also has the responsibility to ensure access to basic medical care for those who cannot afford the bills; and this we will do under our health financing scheme! We will also build new primary health centres across the state and upgrade old ones so that people in the rural areas can equally have access to quality healthcare services,” he said.
Mr Obaseki assured the doctors and all other healthcare practitioners in Edo of a good working relationship when elected governor.
He also promised that areas of dissatisfaction, particularly working conditions and welfare packages of the health workers would be improved upon
“I ask for your support to enable me actualise my plans for the sector,’’ Mr Obaseki added.
The President of the NMA, Dr. Emmanuel Osigbofo said that the association was prepared to give the APC governorship candidate the required support.
Dr Osigbofo tasked him on the implementation of his electoral promises, when elected into office.