By Chukwudi Nwauba
Awka, Jan. 22, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Health Commissioner, Dr Vincent Okpala says he is optimistic of improvements in healthcare services delivery in the state with recent Government interventions in the health sector.
The commissioner gave the assurance while interacting with newsmen in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.
Dr Okpala said that considering the attention given to the health sector mainly in capacity-building during the first and now the second waves of COVID-19 pandemic threats, the state was poised for a greater change in health services.
He added that the State Government was making health coverage a reality through an enrollment of the vulnerable persons in rural areas under the basic healthcare provision fund.
“We are expanding our health coverage to involve more people and it is a great thing; 28,000 persons are to be enrolled from the basic healthcare provision fund.
“Healthcare will receive good attention in 2021 and this will create a healthy Nigeria,’’ he said.
Reflecting on his ministry’s achievements in health services, Dr Okpala noted that although the pandemic came unexpectedly, it gave room for more capacity-building and focus in the health sector.
“We had expectations in 2020, unfortunately we had this pandemic but we experienced a lot of focus on capacity building in managing infectious diseases and hospitals received huge help from the government.’’
According to the commissioner, the pandemic makes people to become more conscious of their health, as well as improve diagnosis in non-communicable diseases. “The state has also recorded improved vaccination penetration in many communities.’’ (MOI)