Awka-The European Union (EU) Monitoring Delegation to Anambra state has pledged to sustain intervention measures aimed at building capacities of health workers for optimal performance.

Head, Health and Resilience Section of the EU delegation, Ms Monteserat Panteleoni, made the pledge during debriefing session heralding end of the group’s assessment and monitoring visit to the state.

The debriefing session, which was held at the Health Commissioner’s office, Awka, was veritable platform for the visitors to narrate their observations on the assessment tour of selected health facilities and projects in the state.

Ms Panteleoni said she was impressed with what she saw on the field, the commitment of the health workers and the zeal of philanthropists to register the downtrodden in the state health insurance scheme.

We are already happy with the results; we look forward to strengthening the partnership.”

She observed that the Primary Healthcare Centres are under-staffed and appealed to the state government to recruit more health workers in order to provide adequate health care services to the masses.

Panteleoni reiterated the need for training of more health workers in various areas for enhanced service delivery, assuring of its continued support services, if additional workers were recruited.

Reacting, Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala commended EU team for spending much time to visit important health facilities in the state.

He also commended the team for their support, particularly in strengthening Health Management Information System, Health Financing, Integrated Disease surveillance and Response.

The commissioner commended EU for the support in leadership and Governance as well as Human Resource for the trainings.

He also noted, with the EU support, the state has finalised work on health workforce registry”.

He hailed EU’s efforts at supporting partners’ meeting in the ministry to avoid duplication of work and waste of resources.

Health Adviser EU Delegation to Nigeria, Mr Anthony Ayeke, promised their support to the state in bringing down the rate of diseases and deaths.

He urged the state team to articulate areas they would need assistance and make it available to them for input.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Coordinator in the state, Dr Chukwumuanya Igboekwu noted that for each primary healthcare centre to be functional, it must have up to eight staff and called for recruitment of more workers

Some of the places visited include St Raphael’s Private Hospital Akpo, where a borehole was sunk, Maternal Primary Healthcare, Nkpologwu and Eldorado Hospital, Awka.

Other places are Anambra State Health Insurance Agency, Emergency Operation Centre, Awka, Igwe’s Palace at Ifitedunu.

The rest are Maternal and Child Health Centre, Amawbia, General Hospital Onitsha, and Primary Health Centre, Nteje.

Source: Anambra State Government