The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole has commended the Abia state government for efforts it has made in improving health sector in the state, ABN TV reports.
The Minister made this commendation on Friday when he visited the construction site of a world class diagnostic centre situated in Umuahia.
According to the Minister, the centre which is being funded by sovereign investment authority of Nigeria, World Bank and other organizations when completed will reduce incidents of overseas medical tourism, a situation he said will help the country save a lot of money from foreign treatment.
The Minister also said another benefit the centre will bring to Nigerians is that it will reduce to the barest minimum incidents of wrong diagnosis because of the equipment available at the centre.
He stated that when diagnosis is done right, medical job is half done, saying it will aid treatment.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of job done by the contractor in the centre, saying it will soon be commissioned for public use.
He described as unprecedented what Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has done to improve the health sector in the state, adding that he is the first governor to show interest in the basic healthcare provision fund.
The Minister said the program is dear to the president, insisting that the project is a people oriented one and has no political undertone.
He said the basic health care provision fund is an effort by president Muhammadu Buhari to revitalize the primary healthcare which he said is critical to the well being of rural dwellers.
The centre is expected to give free treatment to all pregnant women till their moment of delivery, malaria patients, children under the age of five, screening for hypertension, diabetes and tuberculosis.
The Minister added that this measure will checkmate incidents of health related deaths and infant mortality.
He projected the centre to generate about N1bn for the state in the next nine months through reimbursement from National Health Insurance Scheme, which will be further used to advance the health sector in the grassroot.
Prof. Adewale expressed satisfaction with the work being done by the Medical Director FMC Umuahia, in the little period he has spent in the office, describing him as a magician.
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