Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said that one of the top priorities of his administration is guaranteeing good health for the people.
Governor Ortom stated this yesterday at the inauguration of a permanent office complex of the State Primary Health Care Board (SPHCB) in Makurdi, the state capital.
He noted that health is wealth, hence the resolve to make it one of the five pillars of the present administration which informed the establishment of SPHCB in 2015 at the inception of his administration.
According to him, since establishment, he had continued to monitor and support SPHCB to ensure that health service delivery to the grassroots is optimised.
He stated that the SPHCB and the Benue State Health Insurance Agency are working in synergy to ensure Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the state.
Governor Ortom said disbursement of funds to eligible primary health care facilities in the state and enrollment of most vulnerable for easy access to service delivery would soon commence across the state.
The governor, who promised to look into demands by the SPHCB, urged the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as well as relevant agencies to ensure close synergy with SPHCB for optimal performance.
Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Joseph Ngbea said the SPHCB was established to provide effective and affordable health care services to the people.
Chairman SPHCB, Mrs Comfort Agogo and the Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Bem Ageda appealed for the provision of Cold Vans, functional cold room, utility vehicles and conference hall for the board as well as recruitment of more health workers, among others.