The commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabike says the just passed Health Insurance Scheme will help to give people of the state easy access to quality medical services.
Speaking at Amawbia during a lecture and award ceremony organized by the National Complementary and Alternative Medical Association, Dr. Akabike restated the determination of the state government to remain committed to the improvement of the people’s health.
The Commissioner who commended the contribution of the members to health services explained that the blue print of the state reform programme was designed to ensure that various aspects of healthcare are coordinated and that people abide by the rules guiding their practice.
Dr. Akabike who was honoured with Hippocrates Platinum Merit Award for excellence urged them to confine themselves within their areas of practice with proper designation that would not misinform the public and disclosed that the state government would soon embark on recertification of hospitals and would prosecute any doctor who exceeds his area of practice.
He insisted that their activities should be centered on preserving life and should in no way terminate any life and called on them to join hands with the state government to weed out quacks in the sector.
Delivering a paper, the Guest Lecturer, Professor Peter Katchy says Alternative Medicine is a worldwide medical practice recognized by the United Nations, UNESSO and World Health Organization among others which according to him is now on the forefront of healthcare for the realization of improved, available and effective healthcare delivery system.
Professor Katchy explained that over the years, alternative medicine has remained very effective in combating communicable diseases including cholera and requested the involvement of that area of medicine in the national rapid response to health emergencies.
He noted that Governor Willie Obiano’s administration has enhanced and expanded rapid response to health situations and disaster emergency situations and has refurbished thirty-seven General Hospitals and more than one hundred and fifty Health Centers to accelerate healthcare system across the state.