Ebonyi State establishes 171 basic health centres to tackle rural health-care delivery – Lawmaker

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Ebonyi State Governor, Ebonyi StateHon. Victor Aleke, representing Ebonyi North-West in the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, said that the state government established 171 basic health centres to address challenges of rural health-care services

He added that the initiative would bring health-care service closer to the people.

The lawmaker stated this during a constituency multi-stakeholders town hall meeting held on Friday at Odomoke, in Ebonyi Local Government area of Ebonyi.

He said that health facilities built in the 171 electoral ward of the state was part of strategies to ensure that citizens were provided with easy access to basic and qualitative, affordable health-care service.

According to him, the initiative aimed at improving the health system is also designed to enable the elderly people, children and vulnerable members of the society to key into the state health insurance programme.

Aleke, the Chairman, House Committee on Culture and Tourism, noted that the health insurance policy was designed to address challenges of high cost of accessing adequate medicare by the rural poor.

He said that the health insurance policy addresses the medical needs of elderly persons who had attained 60 years and above including children of the poor.

”The Ebonyi health insurance policy seeks to address the health-care needs of the elderly aged 60 years and above including mothers and children by ensuring speedy access to qualitative health-care delivery.

“The state through its health sector reform programme signed two bills into law; including the Primary Health-care Agency and Ebonyi Health Insurance Agency laws which aimed at overhauling the system and make health-care service more affordable and efficient.

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“The two bills were sponsored by me in 2017 and 2018 and the governor, Chief Dave Umahi has constituted boards to oversee the two agencies.

“Beneficiaries must enroll in the insurance scheme and issued with identification card as an enrollee in order to benefit from the programme.

“The initiative is one of the landmark achievements of the government to enhance the health status of the people”, Aleke said.

The legislator listed his achievements to include; provision of 28 boreholes, awarding of university scholarships to brilliant indigent students, building of ultra-modern multi-million naira town hall for the Ishieke community as part of consistency project.

The lawmaker, who called for sustained engagement between the people and their elected representatives, said that government was committed to promoting their welfare.

He said that regular interface between citizens and political representatives would bridge the gap between the people and government, adding that the such dialogue would deepen democratic governance.

He said that government released N10 million to all the autonomous communities in the state for infrastructure development.

He pledged to make the town hall meeting a regular event and assured the community that he would do everything within his powers to ensure that all the demands they were going to make were addressed.

“The gathering will enable us to discuss issues affecting us and what we want the government to do for us.

“This gathering today is the real essence of democracy and it has given opportunity to present before you our score-card.

“I have also listened to your demands and my promise is that I will liaise with the appropriate executing ministries, departments and agencies to ensure that we meet these prioritized needs.

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“I call for your continued support to the programmes and policies of the state government to attract more government projects to the area.

“We will always ensure that our voice remain active in the house for effective representation and also introduce bills and motion for the good governance of our people”, he added.

Some of the speakers in the meeting called for the provision of rural electrification, potable water, equipping existing health facilities in communities with medical personnel and drugs, construction of access roads to farms and issuing of agricultural loans, among others.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the town hall meeting is supported by the International Republican Institute (IRI), an international none- governmental organisation committed to promoting democratic governance in Nigeria.

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