Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has attributed the lack of quality and affordable healthcare in almost all parts of the country to incessant strike actions by medical personnel, high cost of accessing health services and poverty.
The governor made the remark yesterday at the official flag-off of the Health Week organised by the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in the state under the Corps’ Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, HIRD, held at Ebikoro Health Centre in Ikeduru Local Government Area.
Okorocha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Lilian Azuzu, regretted that medical personnel in the country go on strike at the slightest excuse.
He noted that the nation has not performed creditably in the health care sector in its 55 years of existence and called for quality, accessible and affordable health care for the citizenry.
According to him, the cardinal policies of his government are improvement in health services through accessible, affordable and qualitative healthcare delivery system.
He enumerated his administration’s health policies to include; construction of modern hospitals, introduction of “Health at Your Door Step”, provision of equipment/ambulances and health programme for under-five and pregnant women.
The governor commended the NYSC for complimenting the efforts of the state government in ensuring improved and sustained primary health care for the people.
Earlier, the state NYSC coordinator, Mr. Fashanu Igbekele, who represented the Director-General, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, explained that the goal of the HIRD was to enhance the general well-being of rural dwellers.
The member representing Ikeduru State Constituency, Dr Uche Oguwuike, commended NYSC for the gesture, noting that the programme was in line with the state government’s “Health at Your Door Step” programme.

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