Oghara monarch tasks NIPSS on free universal healthcare

The Ovie of Oghara Kingdom in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, HRM Noble Oyibo Eshemitan, has charged members of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) to think out ways of developing a free universal healthcare scheme for Nigerians.

The Ovie gave the charge while playing host to course participants of NIPSS who paid him a courtesy visit as part of their study tour to the local government, stressing that the theme of the study “Funding Universal Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria” was germane to ameliorate the financial burden on the masses to procure healthcare.

While giving a briefing history of the community, the monarch said that Oghara hosted the state teaching hospital, a general hospital, four health centers and five maternities as well as a plethora of alternative medicine homes, adding that “patronage to these health centers is based on the economic strength and beliefs of patients’.

“As the nation’s foremost think-tank institution, I hope that this study tour will give you insightful information that will be a guide in the training of our bureaucrats, leaders and senior military officers in fashioning policies and actions that will bring improvement in our country.

An inquiry or study of the funding of universal healthcare delivery in communities in communities and by extension Nigeria would definitely open inroads towards improving the welfare of the citizenry” he commented as he briefed them on the history, geography and culture of Oghara.

Earlier in his address, the Local Government Chairman, Hon Solomon Golley stated that “In the journey towards the Universal Health Coverage, Governor Okowa signed the bill to establish the Delta State Contributory Health Commission Law in 2016”

Golley added that the Local Government had gone beyond the traditional maternal and neonatal healthcare and has taken giant strides in caring for the registered widows in the state social welfare scheme

In his remarks, the Director-General of the institute, Jonathan Juma mni, said that the course was expected to last for the duration of 10 months during which participants drawn from various sectors were expected to strengthen their capacities towards the development of the health sector.

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