Enugu - Gov. Sullivan Chime of Enugu State on Tuesday pledged to provide quality control in rural health facilities in the state in order to ensure effective healthcare delivery.
The governor made the pledge in Enugu at the inauguration of Volunteer Health Workers Support Scheme organised by the state Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Partnership for Transforming Health System (PATHS).
Chime, who was represented by the Head of Service, Mr Chidi Ezema, pledged to provide the necessary assistance for the health workers to enable them to discharge their duties effectively.
He commended them for identifying with the programme which he described as humanitarian and efforts to save lives.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. George Eze, said the volunteer scheme would enhance primary healthcare in the rural communities.
The commissioner noted that 60 per cent of the state population lived in the rural areas adding that they were deprived of health care services in their areas.
Eze commended PATHS for collaborating with the government in the provision of health facilities to the people.
The Chairman of the Volunteer Health Workers Support Scheme, Dr Hillary Agbo, decried the shortfall of medical practitioners in the state.
Agbo said that PATHS had addressed the challenge in a pilot format through the volunteer scheme.
He commended the state government for the positive changes made in the health sector and promised to ensure a successful implementation of the scheme.
In his remarks, the State Team Leader of PATHS, Dr Chigbo Chikwendu, pledged the commitment of the system in providing adequate healthcare services to the people.
One of the participants and Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Tony Onyia, promised that the participants would give in their best in ensuring that quality health care delivery reached the grassroots.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the volunteer scheme comprises medical doctors, paramedics and some administrative staff.