*Delta State House of Assembly complex,
By Andrew Ikehi in Asaba
The Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Health has enjoined the state ministry of health and its parastatals to continue to discharge their duties professionally and ensure that activities and programmes at the state health sector were not compromised.
This is coming as the State Commissioner for health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, assured Deltans and indeed, residents of the state, that the Ministry is irrevocably committed to its policy of adequate and robust health care delivery to everyone in the State.
The charge and the subsequent assurances came at the weekend when the State Ministry of Health appeared before the House Committee on Health for the defence of the Ministry’s 2021 budget estimate at the State House of Assembly complex in Asaba, the State capital.
Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Ferguson Onwo who gave the charge, however, commended the Ministry for what he described as its proactive disposition in the fight against the dreaded and deadly Corona Virus Pandemic in the State.
Onwo, flanked by other members of the committee who included, Hon. Princess Pat Ajudua, Hon. Emeke Nwobi, Hon. Festus Chukwuyem Okoh, Hon. Kenneth Ogba and Hon. Charles Oniyere Whomrowho, enjoined the Ministry to continue to brace up to the current challenge in the health sector and ensure that Deltans and indeed residents of the state get the best in relation to their health needs.
“I want to use this medium to specially commend the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and officials of the State Ministry of Health for their efforts in the fight against the dreaded Corona Virus Pandemic.
“The State, no doubt, did exceptionally well in containing the spread of the virus. Their efforts have shown that going forward, we will continue to mange whatever health crisis in the State very well and promptly too.
“This Ministry is very dear to our hearts. As a State, we cannot afford to compromise activities in this Ministry because of its importance to the health and wellbeing of the generality of the State and its citizens.
“So, going forward, we want to enjoin you, officials of the State Ministry oof health to continue to be at your best in the discharge of your professional duties” Onwo said.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Assembly correspondents shortly after the briefing, the State commissioner for health, Dr. Mordi Onoye said the Ministry will continue to discharge its duties professionally just as he assured Deltans to expect robust health care delivery in the subsequent years.
On the current health challenge in some parts of Ika North East local Government Area of the State where it was reported that some youths have died mysteriously, the Commissioner said that the Ministry is already working round the clock to unravel the cause of death in the area.
“So far, we have been able to identify persons who were ill and we have moved them to the various hospitals. Again, we have sent samples of these patients to the various laboratories in Asaba, Irrua, WHO in Lagos as well as to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) so that at the interim, we may be able to identify the cause of the mysterious deaths.” the Commissioner said.