We are advancing in healthcare delivery – Akanbiemu
By Kemi Olatunde
Executive Secretary of Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu, has said that the state’s health sector has made laudable achievements in the last two and a half years of the administration, just as he assured the people of more achievements through hardwork and commitment.
He made the assertion while speaking with The Hope shortly after the peer review polio eradication initiative programme documentation in Akure.
According to him, the state has been at the fore front in terms of health care delivery in the country, noting that it is working in line with breaking new grounds in the sector.
He explained that efforts are being put in place to increase staff capacity on appropriate methods of surveillance and case detection noting that in recent times, surveillance have received adequate attention from necessary quarters in order to boost the state health care system.
He hinted that in immunisation coverage in the country, the state is one of the high performing states in the country.
His words, “in the area of skilled birth attendant and delivery, we are coming up better than before. We are at the level 82 percent for skilled birth attendant and 94 percent for ante natal coverage. These are laudable achievements that the state has attained in the last two and half years.”
Akanbiemu, who noted that Nigeria is working towards being certified polio free nation, described disease surveillance especially as it concerns polio, as part of the processes involved in the certification.
While stressing the need for peer review of the eradication initiative across various states in the country, he stated that the exercise is being carried out in the state by Kano State and other international partners led by the World Health Organisation(WHO) adding that the team from the state too will in turn visit Kano State in few days on the same activity.
He assured that the state will record success from the exercise as it has always achieved, while he expressed appreciation to the governor for putting in place necessary measures to improve the health sector.
The Hope polio certification, a formal process of establishing that polio has indeed been eradicated from a particular region/world, is based on experience gained from smallpox eradication.
Certification of polio eradication is conducted on a regional basis and certification process is essentially built on surveillance quality and its documentation.