APC governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has assured medicsl doctors in the State of his commitment to rebuild health infrastructure and reposition the state’s healthcare system using his manifesto, the SIMPLE Agenda, when he assumes office as governor.
Speaking during an interactive session with Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Benin City, he said under the security aspect of the Simple Agenda, the APC government on his watch would ensure the safety and security of all health facilities and personnel in the state.
Ize-Iyamu said he would prioritise Social Welfare policy and, by extension, healthcare for all citizens “but particularly women under antenatal care and infants by providing free medical services to them.”
Delving into the Infrastructure development and urban renewal, Ize-Iyamu said he planned to “massively transform our medical facilities across the state by making them not only functional but attractive, so that doctors and nurses and even patients can have a condusive environment all to together.”
On manpower development and training, he said his government would place greater emphasis on the training and retraining of medical doctors and nurses, “to achieve maximum performance”.
He stated that he would utilize the opportunity provided by the University of Benin teaching hospital in the state capital to realise the training and retraining programme.
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“Government can’t do it all; so we intend to partner medical professionals in the area of Public Private Partnership in the SIMPLE Agenda.”
According to him, “we will partner private individuals in the supply of medical equipment to equip our hospitals” adding, “we will also collaborate with private hospitals and work out ways we can co-operate.”
He stated further: “For example, Government equally needs to partner UBTH which has enormous medical clout.”
On the Simple Agenda’s Leadership by Example, he added that “We intend to also ensure transparency and accountability in government respect the rule of law and equally be interested in the funding our hospitals as the current state of our hospitals are unacceptable.”
Ize-Iyamu was of the view that, “In a place like Central Hospital for example, you will be shocked to hear that the Internally generated revenue on a monthly basis is close to N40million but what Government gives them I’d N4million, which is barely 10% of what they generate: this isn’t reasonable at all.
“Therefore, Government must have a deliberate policy to ensure that funds are available, at least a reasonable amount for them to run effectively.”
Ize-Iyamu also explained that the Simple Agenda policy on Employment and Social Empowerment meant that more doctors must be engaged while the State School of nursing which had been under lock and key for more than three years by the outgoing Governor Obaseki would be reopened within his first three months in office
He said with such a school, “Edo cannot be looking for nurses outside the state to work in its hospitals” adding that he also intended “to engage more Specialist doctors and nurses, especially for the healthcare centres in the local governments.”
Asked on how he intended to improve manpower in the health sector, he said with most hospitals facing huge shortage of medical personnel, “we will conduct an all encompassing audit, analyse the needs and take stock of our Healthcare facilities across the state, identify the challenges, and overhaul the system.
“I understand there are some hospitals already built but yet to be opened, for example in Otuo, Owan East LGA, this means that doctors and nurses will be needed to reopen and operate the hospitals.”
Meanwhile, Ize-Iyamu has said that a healthier and better Edo is possible, if only the people can vote in his party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the September 19, 2020 election as change will start manifesting from November 12, 2020.