Governor Obaseki of Edo state has expressed worry over high level corruption in the Edo healthcare system. He said the corruption of in the system is alarming.
The governor warned medical personnel to belt up and change their mindset or move out of the system. He added that this time will not be business as usual.
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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said his administration is committed to building the required manpower and infrastructure to deliver quality healthcare services to Edo people.
The governor disclosed that re-accreditation for the state-owned School of Nursing and Midwifery in Benin City is ongoing, noting that his government is repositioning the school to become a world-class institution.
Obaseki gave the assurance while speaking to journalists after an inspection tour at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital in company of the Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Dr. Darlinton Obaseki and CMD Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Dr. Osagie Ebonwoyi.
The inspection followed a meeting with doctors drawn from the State Hospital Management Board, Edo Specialist Hospital, Edo Primary Healthcare Agency and the Ministry of Health, at Government House in Benin City to discuss the way forward for the healthcare system in Edo State.
The governor noted: “We are investing in our hospital system, in our people and restarting the School of Midwifery and the School of Nursing. The accreditation process is on-going. We are working to build manpower, infrastructure and to deliver quality service to our people.”
Obaseki who expressed worry over the high level of corruption in the healthcare system in the state, reassured that administration would insist on a new order, ensuring that medical personnel in the state render quality services to Edo people to justify their salaries.
“We need to move forward as a state. This is why we introduced the Health Insurance Scheme. Edo Health Insurance Scheme doesn’t discriminate as you will get services anywhere you go in the state,” he noted.
Lamenting the level of corruption in the healthcare system, he said, “I have seen corruption like never before in the healthcare system. It is alarming and unacceptable. We have drawn the line and it will not be business as usual. It is left to you to either join us or take a bow honourably.”
He queried: “the modality of having just one doctor in Igarra, two in Auchi while more doctors are in Benin City, doing nothing. Patients in these areas visit private hospitals because they have lost fate in our system. On no account should any doctor refuse posting.
“For the past 10 months now, I have had the opportunity of studying the healthcare system in the state. It is so clear that the system has collapsed. I have information to this effect. We have no choice but to move forward and collectively, we must improve the system and make the people trust the system again.”
He continued, “We have come to the end of the road for the old order. We must chart a new course for a better and improved healthcare system in Edo State. We have introduced the Edo Health Insurance Scheme.
“We have already started deducting health premiums for civil servants since last month and we must give them good services.”
“Every doctor must now account for what they do, to justify their salaries. We must be up and doing. Some of you earn twice more than me, who is governor of the state. You have to provide a good healthcare system for Edo people. I want to ensure that by the time we leave the system, none would have cause to leave the state for treatment,” he added.
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Chief Medical Director, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Dr. Darlington Obaseki; Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu; Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq, during an inspection tour at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, in Benin City.
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (middle); Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq. (right); Edo State Head of Service, Mr. Anthony Okungbowa (left), during a meeting with medical doctors, at Government House, in Benin City.