he commissioner for
health has stressed on
the need for medical
practitioners to ensure that all
private health facilities in the
state are duly registered with
the Ministry of Health.
Professor Augustine Umoh,
who stated this during a management meeting of the ministry held in his office recently,
explained that such facilities
would only be authorised to
render services to the public
after they might have met criteria as led down by the ministry.
He held that Governor Udom
Emmanuel was particular that
every Akwa Ibom person had
access to healthcare that
meets world best standards.
Umoh pointed out that there
was need to call on every facility that had been previously
registered to renew their statues even as new ones were
expected to do fresh registration within the first quarter of
He added that conditions at
the facilities must be optimum
before licences could be renewed.
The commissioner also
stressed the need to set up a
task force that would enforce
the inspection of the facilities
as well as enforce their closure
where they failed short of the expectations.
The don said that, these facilities included: private clinics, pharmacies, laboratories,
maternity homes and any
place where health services are
He further emphasized the
need to hold regular meetings
to guide the operations of the
health sector in the New Year.
Also at the meeting, the director for public health, Dr.
Godfrey Akro who briefed the
management of the feats of his
directorate in 2020, said that
the directorate which made up
about 65 per cent of the manpower of the ministry was at
the forefront of the battle to
contain the Coronavirus Disease in the last year.
He maintained that the commitment contributed in no
small measure to the successful case management that was
recorded by the state.
Speaking on the second
wave, the director gave his
assurance that the state would
not be overwhelmed but was
quick to add that containing
the virus was a collective responsibility of every member
of the public.
Akro observed that the state
would be safe if every person
paid keen attention to the
Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) preventive protocols