By Oghenero Orovwuje

Primary healthcare items, donated by the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), have been commissioned for distribution in Delta State.

The state governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, commissioned the equipment in the premises of the Ministry of Works in Asaba, the state capital.

Governor Okowa, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Patrick Ukah, said primary healthcare strengthening was a government strategy to achieve Universal Health Coverage, adding that it was a tool to tackle health challenges in communities in the state.

He noted that the equipment would enhance healthcare delivery at the primary healthcare level.

The Managing Director of DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh, said the donation was in line with  Governor Okowa’s vision of a good health delivery for the residents of the state.

He said the items provided would cover various needs of the primary healthcare centres, including pharmacies, laboratories, consulting room and wards, among others.

In an address, the Head of Health Department in DESOPADEC, Mr. Micheal Ekotogbo, commended the state government for its support in enhancing healthcare delivery, including furnishing and equipping cottage hospitals in communities in their mandate areas.

In their good will messages, local government councils, National Healthcare Development Agency, Abuja, and Primary Health Care Authorities, all commended DESOPADEC for the gesture.

The items donated were beds, medical instruments, administrative cupboards, clinical beds, special medical lights and wheel chairs, among others.