…As Ministry Begins Visit To Zonal Hospitals
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji made this known on Tuesday during the monitoring of Contributory Health Insurance Scheme of Zonal Hospital under the State Hospital Management Board at the General Hospital, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area.
She explained that the monitoring visit will cover the eleven Medical Zones under the State Hospitals Management Board and that a check list has been drawn including a Client Flow Analysis Form which would guide the monitoring team on its mandate.
The Permanent Secretary stated that the monitoring visit was not for fault finding but rather to identify gaps were they exist and proffer solutions on how to bridge the identified gaps.
She said the Team, which has representatives of the major relevant offices has officers drawn from the Ministry of Health, Asaba, Hospitals Management Board and the State Contributory Health Commission and would at the end of each hospital visit send its report to the Commissioner for Health, and the leadership of the Board and Health Commission to enable them act on the observations and recommendations documented.
According to her, the members of staff of the various hospitals are major stakeholders whose activities would either help the Contributory Health Scheme to succeed or denial the programme entirely and therefore, urged them to take the collation of data and documentations of activities/services more seriously as these tools were vital to the successful operations of the scheme in the hospital.
Explaining the importance of the availability of drugs for effective operations of the scheme, said the issue of drugs stocks out would not be accepted while drugs on the accredited lists must always be available failing which the hospitals must be made to pay for any of those accredited drugs bought outside by patients.
On the issue of the number of enrolees to the scheme and their patronage of the hospital, she said that the members of staff in the hospital should work towards reaching 100% registration status in the scheme even as the Commission would work out measures to improve on the enrolees status of the scheme in the locality.
She stressed the need for the workers to observe strict infection control practices in order not to get infected by diseases such as Lassa Fever.
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