Initiate People-Oriented Programmes, Azinge Urges Professionals, Groups

DELTA State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas
Azinge has called on organised groups and professionals
to initiate and take ownership of laudable
programmes that will impact meaningfully on the lives
of Deltans.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nicholas
Azinge made the call in Asaba when members of the
Nigerian Cardiac Society, Delta State Chapter, paid him
an advocacy visit in his office.
Dr. Azinge said that from his personal observation, accelerated
success of health policies and initiatives could
be easily driven by professionals in the health sector, of
which the Nigerian Cardiac Society was capable of doing
excellently well.
He assured the society of the state government’s
presence and cooperation in the forthcoming National
Roundtable on Rheumatic Heart Disease Control scheduled
for November, 2017 in Abuja.
The commissioner stated that the ministry would collaborate
with the Ministry of Education and constitute a
taskforce to work towards the National Roundtable on
Rheumatic Heart Disease Control.
The taskforce, he added, would meet at their convenience
to outline the prevalence and effects of the
Rheumatic Heart Disease in the state and come up with
strategies to ensure its control and eradication.
He lauded the performance of the under-five and free
maternal healthcare of the SMART Agenda of His Excellency,
Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, which caters for the
needs of a chunk of the targeted populace.
Earlier, Dr. Ejiroghene Umuerri, Cardiologist, Delta
State Teaching Hospital, Oghara, who led the delegation,
said that the Rheumatic Heart Disease Task Team was an
association of health care professional (all categories)
providing clinical services and research, training and
advocacy on matters related to Cardiovascular Disease
(CVD) prevention and treatment in Nigeria.