Delta Orders Closure Of All Illegal Health Facilities

Delta state government is to close down all illegal health facilities in the state while housing units allocated to individuals but not yet occupied would be revoked immediately.

The State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan who announced this while reviewing the conclusions reached at Day One of the State Dashboard Implementation Workshop, directed the Direct Labour Agency (DLA) to complete all repair works on roads in Warri and Asaba before the end of this month.

In particular, he said that all clinics, nursing homes and pharmacies operating illegally or below the minimum required standard would be closed down forthwith.

According to him, the State Government has made appreciable progress in the Health Sector with the State recording above the WHO standard on Doctor/hospital ratio as well as other paramedical staff ratio to the population of the state.

However, he charged the staff in the sector to be more vigilant and diligent in their duties to ensure that the standard was improved upon.

Dr Uduaghan announced other conclusions reached to include embarking on mass housing programme which already has 1.5 billion naira set aside for the project.

He said that the state government would encourage the private sector to invest in the housing sector and resist stoutly any undue negative interference in the housing sector.

On the challenges posed by flooding, the Governor directed the Ministries of Works, Environment and Lands, Urban and Regional Development to jointly review the drainage system in Asaba to check flooding emanating from the Okpanam axis.

Specifically, he directed the Ministry of Environment to demolish all illegal structures on natural waterways irrespective of the ownership of such structures.

Besides, the Ministry of Transport was asked to have a database which could serve as reservoir of information for private sector investment in the transport sector.

Similarly, the ministry is expected to embark on marine transportation to enable those in the riverine areas move around easily and at affordable cost.

Also, it was resolved that the State Government would pay promptly all certificates raised for jobs completed by contractors to encourage them to do more.

The Dashboard Implementation Workshop, which is a self evaluation programme, was designed to review the activities of Ministries and parastatals and prepare a road map that would improve the policies and programmes of the various ministries and parastatals in the state.


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