Bayelsa First Lady, Health Commissioner Others Drive for Universal Health Coverage

The Bayelsa State First Lady, Dr. Mrs. Gloria Diri has said the government will continue its drive to ensure that Universal Health Coverage in the state is achieved.

She made this known on Monday during the 31st Anniversary and Annual Scientific Conference/General Meeting of the Professional Association of Public Health Nurses of Nigeria (PAPHNON) at the Bayelsa Medical University, Yenagoa with the theme, “Achieving Universal Health Coverage, Vision 2030 Let’s Make It Happen”.

The First Lady noted that the event was an opportunity to refresh and update their knowledge on the happenings around the world as it relates to public health.

She thanked stakeholders present for their availability and contributions to healthcare in the state, adding that with the cooperation of all, the MDGs for 2030 will be achieved in no time.

She ended by congratulating the association for hosting the programme in Bayelsa and bringing delegates from different parts of the country into the state, wishing them a successful scientific conference and safe journey to their various destinations.

On her part, the Chief Whip of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Ebiuwou Koku Obiyai stated that the Assembly has taken steps to improve health care in the state through bills that have been passed into law.

She said efforts are being made to employ more nurses in the local government areas to man the new public healthcare facilities that are being built across the state, for greater effectiveness.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele said he will partner with LGA Chairmen in the state to see how nursing in the local government areas can be improved.

He added that he is always glad to be associated with nurses in the state and will support their activities financially and otherwise.

Giving the Keynote Address, Mrs. Chikaodili Isabu noted that health challenges in the country are multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral which calls for the cooperation of all in order to achieve the MDGs by 2030.

She also highlighted the need for community sensitization on emerging and re- emerging health problems, saying that by example, education and lifestyle changes, the set goals can be realized.