Anambra To Introduce Keke Ambulance In The Health Care System


The State government says it will introduce the use of Keke Ambulance inits Primary Health Care scheme.

This is to help in tackling the problem of mobility during health related emergencies.
The Commissioner for Health Dr Josephat Akabuike, disclosed this in Awka, while addressing participants at a one day workshop onthe reduction of sexual and gender based violence.
Traditional nthe workshop Organized by the Coalition of Eastern Non Governmental Organizations, CIRDDOC and Amplify Change, all Non-Governmental Organizations, was also aimed at creating awareness on the need for people to know their sexual reproductive health rights, and how to apply them. Dr Akabuike intimated the gathering made up of National consultants of the Non-Governmental Organizations, representatives from Idikacholu Women in Governance, Care Trust Development Initiative, Women Action Committee, traditional rulers, Representatives of the World Health Organization, Directors from both the Ministries of Health and Economic Planning and Budget, Legal practitioners among others, on the measures put in place by government towards reforming the health sector.

He noted that the Health Insurance scheme which has been passed by the State House of Assembly would solve the problem of deaths due to lack of fund with which to access quality health care services.

In an address the National Coordinator of Coalition of Eastern Non-Governmental Organizations, CENGOS and the Executive Director, CIRDDOC, Mrs Oby Nwankwo, represented by the National Programme Officer, CENGOS, Mr Edwin Usang, noted that the workshop will serve as an avenue for policy dialogue on how to expose the marginalized ones on their rights to sexual and reproductive health
commitments, and build the bridges to end gender based violence and equip Civil Society Organizations more on how to carry out the task especially as it concerns human rights.A resource person Professor Josephine Odey, who lead the technical aspect of the workshop called for more commitment from the participants to save individuals who are victims of such acts.

Earlier in an opening remark, the State coordinator of CENGOS Professor Mercy Anigbogu said that Anambra State government is doing a lot in the advancement of health care delivery, based on the outcome of research conducted by consultants , but added that there are still challenges that must be tacked to achieve the desired result. 

Some participants including the traditional ruler of Amansea, Igwe Kenneth Okonkwo, his Umueje counterpart Igwe Elias Nneli and that of Nawgu Igwe George Okaa, expressed readiness to disseminate the message to their subjects as it would go a long way in curbing unwanted pregnancies, rape and domestic violence in the society.


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