Ize-Iyamu Osagie, the All Progressives Congress candidate in Edo election has assured workers of better days when he assumes office.
In specific, Ize-Iyamu has assured physicians in the State of his commitment to repositioning the state’s healthcare system.
He promises to achieve this through his manifesto-the SIMPLE Agenda-when he assumes office as Governor.
Speaking during an interactive session with Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Benin City, he said the security aspect of his SIMPLE Agenda covers the safety and security of all health personnel and facilities in the state.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu added that his social welfare policy will prioritize healthcare for all citizens. He emphasized particularly for women during their antenatal and infants by providing free medical services to them.
Delving into the Infrastructural development and urban renewal, he disclosed his plans to “massively transform medical facilities across the state. He promises to make them functional so that health workers and patients can have a conducive environment all together.”
On manpower development and training, Pastor Ize-Iyamu said his government would place greater emphasis on training, retraining of medical personnel.
“To achieve maximum performance, we would utilize the opportunity provided by University of Benin Teaching Hospital in the state capital.
“Government can’t do it all. We intend to partner with medical practitioners in the area of Public Private Partnership in the SIMPLE Agenda.
“We will also collaborate with private hospitals and work out ways we can co-operate.
On the SIMPLE Agenda, the APC candidate said “We intend to also ensure transparency and accountability in government, respect the rule of law. APC government is interested in the funding of our hospitals as the current state of our hospitals are unacceptable.”
Pastor Ize-Iyamu was of the view that, “In a place like Central Hospital for example, the Internally Generated Revenue on a monthly basis is close to N40million. But what Government gives them is N4million, which is barely 10% of what they generate. That isn’t reasonable at all.
Therefore, Government must have a deliberate policy to ensure that funds are available, at least a reasonable amount for them to run effectively.”