DTSG To Partner With NMA On Health Objectives
THE Delta State Government has pledged its readiness to foster a closer work relationship with the Nigerian Medical Association, Delta State Chapter with the view to achieving its health objectives as encapsulated in the ‘SMART agenda’ of the State Government.
The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. NicholasAzinge made the pledge during the 2017 Delta State Nigerian Medical Association Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference, held at the Platinum Exquisite Hotel and Suites, Abraka.
According to the Commissioner, the theme of this year’s conference – ‘Medical Tourism: The Implication for an Unhealthy Economy’ is particularly apt, as it speaks of quality of service delivery and its impact on the confidence of patients in health services which, in turn, impacts on the national and sub-national economy.
Dr. Azinge posited that the State’s central focus ofhealthcare delivery is centered on continuously increasing value for the patient with value defined as “Health Outcomes Achieved per Naira Spent” and by so doing, theconfidence of patients in our system will be boosted.
He said that huge amounts of funds flow out of the already recessed economy as Nigerians go out in search of those qualities of service they believe are not available in Nigeria.
Azinge revealed that the government, under the leadership of Governor Okowa, had opened its doors to individuals and corporate bodies who were willing to partner with it at all levels of healthcare delivery citing the encouraging reports from the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, partnership with the private sector.
In his address, the Delta State Branch Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Otene Ikechukwu noted that doctors were faced with increasingly disturbing challenges even to the point of gradually becoming a thoroughly loathed and misunderstood professional by colleagues in the workplace, within and outside the hospital such as the Ministry and the university community.