Gracious George, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele has reassured Bayelsans of the government’s drive to improve health services in the state.
In a statement to mark the World Health Day which is celebrated on April 7 every year, the Commissioner stated that the government has not relented in it’s efforts to build a virile health system.
He said this year’s theme, “Building a fairer, healthier world”, is even more significant as the world is still battling with the COVID-19 pandemic which has ravaged nations and claimed over two million lives around the world.
He added that his Ministry in collaboration with development partners has recorded considerable progress in areas such as immunization, reproductive health, prevention and control of Malaria, HIV, Cholera, among others.
Dr. Igwele reaffirmed that Governor Douye Diri is prepared to fix the challenges in the health system, saying there can be no true prosperity without efficient healthcare for all residents of the state.
He said to this end, the state government is hosting the Bayelsa Health Summit as part of strategies for health system strengthening and to deepen international support for government initiated programmes.
Igwele stressed that the Summit which will draw stakeholders from various parts of the country will highlight areas of need and give future administrations a ready vision to run with.
He said the recommendations from the Health Summit which will hold from 19th to 21st April 2021, will aid the development of a Ten-Year Health System Improvement Plan and the Bayelsa State Health Act .
Dr. Igwele enjoined all Bayelsans to walk in the consciousness that they are stakeholders in the health system and should contribute their quota to facilitate and preserve healthcare achievements.