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Kogi takes measures to boost healthcare delivery

The Health delivery in Kogi State is to receive a boost following various health interventions approved by the State Executive Council including approval for a loan facility of N2 billion.

The approvals were made during the State Executive Council Meeting held at the Government House Lokoja.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, State Commissioner for Information and Communication Mr Kingsley Fanwo said the fund when accessed would facilitate health care expansion programme in the state as the emergence of COVID-19 had exposed several deficiencies in the health sector across the country and that Kogi was poised to reposition it for efficient service delivery.

Mr Fanwo further disclosed that council gave approval for takeoff of an intervention scheme known as Bello Care to improve access to healthcare particularly by rural dwellers.

He also said Government would carry out a palliative repair on the Ganaja road to make it motorable as the rains  increase.

Also briefing newsmen, the Kogi state Commissioner for Health, Doctor Saka Haruna explained that government was deploying a surveillance team to Kabba Bunu local council area to commence house to house testing and relief supply in the area.

This he noted, was to be proactive even as Government was disputing the authenticity of the two suspected COVID-19 cases announced by the NCDC.

Doctor Haruna pointed out that council directed the inauguration of the Executive Secretary as well as members of the Kogi State Health Insurance Agency for it to commence operations.

On his part, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ibrahim Ahmed Sani SAN announced that the state Executive Council approved a bill for a law to repeal and re enact the Kogi State Public Procurement Law 2014 to be sent to the State House of Assembly for consideration.

When approved, the law he said would further ensure transparency in the procurement process and equally ease doing business in the state.

The Kogi State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice added that a similar bill for a law to provide for the establishment of the State reference hospital Okene was also approved to be sent to the state House of Assembly for consideration.

 Ohikwo Muhammad

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