By Dave Okpogadie, Asaba
As part of measures to address incessant complaints of poor service delivery at the Central Hospital, Agbor to Deltans, the state government has relieved the zonal medical director of his appointment.
The Delta State commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye, made this known in his office during the meeting he had with the 11 zonal medical directors in the state.
The commissioner warned that the days when government officials did whatever they liked was over, stating that any hospital head who failed to perform would be shown the way out.
He condemned the situation where patients were made to pay for services which they ought not to pay for stressing that they have been subsidized by government.
He said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa promised Deltans affordable and accessible medical care which according to him, was already implementing with the contributory healthcare scheme, face-lifting of primary healthcare centers and secondary health facilities and the provision of medical equipment among others to make health care available for Deltans.
The health commissioner called on the zonal medical directors to run their hospitals efficiently and effectively by ploughing back their internally generated revenue to address gaps.
On the issue of manpower shortage which he said cuts across the zones, he said government was aware of the challenge and would do something to address it, as he urged them to be patient with government for now.
He advised the directors to work together by sharing ideas and experiences on how to improve services in the various hospitals as no one man knows it all.