His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has reiterated thedetermination of his to make the Imo a tourist destination in health-care delivery by implementing certain innovations that will effectively transform the sector.
Gov. Okorocha, who stated this at the National Executive Council meeting of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Owerri, Imo state, explained that the innovations include introducing commercialization, partnership and concessioning in the public health system.
He explained that beyond payment of the enhanced consolidated salary structures to health workers in the state, his administration is constructing 27 brand new General Hospitals in each of the local government area, a diagnostic centre in the state capital as well as install the first ever MRI machine in Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH).
Gov. Okorocha disclosed that about one billion naira had been spent in the infrastructural upgrade in the state government owned teaching hospital and the newly upgraded specialist hospital with modern health facilities. He added that the ownership of health centers have been transferred to communities as part of measures to revive and reposition them to provide effective primary health-care services to the people at the grassroots.
Speaking on the theme of the meeting “Insecurity in Nigeria: implementations for medical practice,” Gov. Okorocha admitted that insecurity has slowed down development in Nigeria even as he canvassed for the state police as panacea to security challenges in the country. He attributed the Nigerian problems to over centralization of power at the center, poor management of resources and corruption which he lamented has eaten deep into the system.