by Mitchelle Uzorka
Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, over the weekend was awarded the best performing governor by the federal government for routine immunisation in the South South region.
The award by the Federal Government, through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), was presented to the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria, who represented the governor.
In a statement, NPHCDA said Obaseki “stood out by establishing the electronic patient record system in 52 primary health care centeres and telemedicine hubs in Ugbor and Oredo PHCs in collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA)”.
The agency went on to say: “Obaseki redistributed health workers from HMA to EDSPHCDA to improve service delivery, recruited health workers for EDSPHCDA and migrated PHC staff pay points to the state government.”
Speaking on behalf of Edo State Government, the commissioner said, the award is well-deserving, adding: “Governor Obaseki has continued to show commitment towards revolutionising the healthcare sector in Edo, pursuing a holistic decentralisation of the system, upgrading primary healthcare centres and equipping them with world-class equipment and manpower to guarantee the delivery of efficient, affordable and quality healthcare services to Edo people.”