To ease the financial stress on patients suffering from renal failure, the Delta State Government has pegged the cost of dialysis per session treatment in its hospitals to N5, 000 for Delta State indigenes.
Also, the State Government in another move to sanitize the health institutions, ensure professionalism and wholesome medical practice in the State has sealed off 43 private hospitals and clinics over quackery.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Otumara who made this known while taking his turn at the ongoing Mid-Term Report Press Briefing by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state, commended Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for this gesture, pointing out that the lives of many Deltans who were faced with the challenge of huge treatment bills have been saved by the reduction and pegging of the dialysis treatment cost. He stressed that the cost reduction which is about 80 percent reduction is only for indigenes of Delta State.
On the sealing off of the 43 private hospitals and clinics by the State Government, Dr. Otumara who said the measure became necessary to ensure standard practice in all health Institutions across the state, disclosed that any sub-standard and unethical medical practice by health Institutions will be sanctioned in accordance with relevant provisions.
The Health Commissioner revealed that in the on-going monitoring of private health institutions in the state, a total of 129 facilities have so far been visited, saying that 36 of these were warned and 43 were out rightly sealed up for obvious sub-standard and unethical medical practice.
He stated that since the inception of the monitoring of health institutions in the state, a level of discipline had been recorded, even as he said that the discipline was not only in the private health constitutions but also in that of the public.
Dr. Otumara also announced that a total of 390 health projects has been awarded to various contractors within and outside the state, adding that these projects cut across the primary, secondary and tertiary health institutions, even as he said that 284 of these projects have been completed while others are at various stages of completion.
Besides, the Commissioner disclosed that 264 primary Health Centres built at the cost of N789 million are now functional, even as he stated that six Health Institutions, Government Hospital Uzere, Ubulu-Uku, Onicha-Olona, Ogriegbene and Government Hospital Abigborodo were completed and now functional in the state.
He further disclosed that in order to position the newly rehabilitated and re-equipped Eku Baptist Hospital for specialized and quality health care to the people, the State Government has taken over the Hospital, since 2009 saying that the hospital has been upgraded with almost all the facilities, redesigned and reconstructed with the hospital buildings wearing modern aesthetics.