The health-at-your-door step policy of the Imo State Government has improved tremendously as the health facilities provided by the government has imparted on the lives of the citizens as indigent patients access healthcare at no cost to them, even some minor and major surgeries are conducted free of charge.
Disclosing to Journalists on the milestone the state government has gone in the health sector, the Imo State Commissioner for Health, Women Affairs and Social Development, Barr (Mrs.) Ngozi Njoku explained because of the importance Governor Rochas Okorocha placed on the health sector, patients with complicated medical and surgical conditions like kidney failure, heart problems are also flown abroad at the expense to the government for treatment.
The Commissioner maintained that within the past one year she had paddled the affairs of the health ministry in the state having being inaugurated in January 2016, the moribund Emergency Response Committee was activated with the State Epidemiologist properly charged with appropriate structures were put in place which led to the urgent tackle of a victim of Lassa fever who later survived it as a result of proactive and quick response and treatment.
In line with the vision of the governor, a new initiative under her ministry was the establishment of Imo Emergency Response Centre built at the former Fire Service Office along Wetheral Road, as the idea was to save lives and eliminate preventable deaths. According to her, over 15 people have been rescued since its inception about late last year.
“All these are eloquent testimonies of Governor Okorocha’s concern for the health of the people especially the poor and the needy. The Minister of Health was here with his Minister of State counterpart to commission the centre to the glory of God.