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BY RICHARD EWEKA

BENIN CITY: Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that his administration is set to constitute a governors council on health to come up with a strategic health master plan that would that would guide the smooth operation of the health system in the state.

He made the disclosure when he received members of the Institute of Health Service Administrators of Nigeria led by the chairman Sir Oyaseh Ivowi who were on a courtesy visit to government house in Benin City, the Edo State Capital.

Obaseki said the state should have a strategic health master plan to enable her delineate the various aspect of the healthcare system. “We will invite qualified key professionals to help create a health master plan that would help reposition the health sector and make it more effective as all the element needed to achieve this are already available.

“The challenge for us is to rethink and re-enact our health system and make it relevant. For us as a government, we want to make sure our medical services are more effective. The focus should be on primary healthcare before talking about secondary and tertiary healthcare”.

He said the state is always in play the leadership role in the country, urging that the feet should continue as the country look up to the state to continue to provide leadership role from where other states emulate, he concluded.

Earlier, the chairman of the Institute of Health Service Administrators of Nigeria Sir Oyaseh Ivowi who led other members on the visit said Edo State was once a model of development in the field of health in the country. He noted that the state was the first to establish a state health/hospital management board in Nigeria with a network o hospitals and health care centers and clinics at every nook and cranny of the state and was also the first to establish a purpose buit state Teaching Hospital in Nigeria which he said later taken over by the Federal Government as the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

Sir Ivowi said the state has no master plan to guide the various authorities in the provision and citing of health institution. He said that the consequences were mushrooms and substandard health institutions springing up everywhere in haphazard manner, rendering substandard healthcare services.

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