Delta moves to strengthen healthcare delivery
To address growing incidence of diabetes and hypertension in the country, the Delta State Government and multinational pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Aventis have signed an agreement to ensure access to specialised care in the management of the two diseases.
Chairman, Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Isaac Akpoveta, signed on behalf of the state government, while the General Manager/Country Chair, Nigeria-Ghana, Pharm. Folake Odediran signed for Sanofi.
Akpoveta described the MoU as a partnership that would work for the benefit of Deltans and the company, and that no stone would be left unturned in achieving universal healthcare delivery for the people.
Odediran expressed optimism that the capacity of medical personnel would be boosted, saying their aim was to ascertain healthcare needs of the state with a view to offering help or assistance.
She described diabetes and hypertension as major public health concern, as they impose significant economic burdens on governments, patients and caregivers.
“It has also been established that proper disease awareness and good quality of care often lead to very positive outcomes for these conditions. Access to quality care remains a critical need in our environment,” she said.