The Bayelsa state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele has applauded the contributions of government partners to the improvement of the state’s health sector.
He gave the commendations on Thursday during an inspection of the ongoing construction of the Health for Life Centre and the Knowledge Management Centre, Oloibiri funded by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
Dr. Igwele noted that the Health for Life Centre which is to operate as a primary health care centre, is a huge plus to the health sector which the state government in collaboration with the SPDC will surely bring to completion.
The Health Commissioner also called on the contractors to follow through with the project in record time such that the facilities can be used in a short while.
He went on to announce that Governor Douye Diri has graciously approved allowances for COVID-19 front line workers which will be paid soon, showing that he is dedicated to ensuring that health care workers in the state are adequately taken care of.
In his response, the Regional Community Health Manager, SPDC, Dr. Akin Fajola praised the government’s efforts in supporting the ongoing project.
He said that while he has worked with nine states during the COVID-19 pandemic, the health structure and response in Bayelsa has been the best, making their job easier.
Dr. Fajola also said he looks forward to more collaboration with the state government to seek out ways through which the SPDC can contribute to the overall development of the state. Also present was the Chief Medical Director, Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Benjamin Tabowei, Director Public Health, Dr. Stow Jones, Director Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs Beatrice Olomiete, Director Pharmaceutical Services, Pharmacist Alek Okunbiriowei and the Project Manager, Saving One Million Lives for Results (SOMLfoR) Dr. Ebikapaye Okoyen.