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Stakeholders on Oloibiri Health Intervention Project converged on Federal University Otuoke Thursday 29th January, 2015 to brainstorm on how to improve health service delivery in the rural communities of Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The programme, an initiative of Shell BP is to improve accessibility and affordability of health care delivery within Ogbia Communities.
According to stakeholders, the programme which has five partners, when institutionalized will be globally accepted in the dispensation of health care among rural communities.
Commending the initiative, the Vice Chancellor Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko said the intervention will improve health delivery service, and also reduce cost in Ogbia Council Area.
The Federal University Otuoke as a partner will provide knowledge based management in information sharing from the work group.
Other collaborators are; General Electric - will serve as programme partner, World Bank for funding, Bayelsa State Government and Ogbia Local Government Area.
Speaking on State Government involvement, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei highlighted the importance of the project Championed by Shell to the Government and called on other partners to be fully committed for the realization of the project.
Dr. Owei pledged Bayelsa State Government’s commitment to the project and assured other partners that government will pursue it to a logical conclusion.
He however urged committee members to share information among themselves which he suggested will help the committee have a road map.
Representatives of Shell BP at the meeting quickly commended the commitment of the Bayelsa State Government since inception of the project which according to them is a driving force for Shell to fully accept to carry through with the project.
On community involvement, Ogbia council area representative thanked Shell and other development partners for the laudable project and for choosing Ogbia council area.
The council assured the group of the cooperation of the people of Ogbia, noting that communities in the council area will engage the group effectively.
The choice of Ogbia according to the representative of Shell BP, Dr. Femi Oduneye is due to its significant importance in oil exploration in Nigeria.
He further explained that the Oloibiri Health Intervention Programme is not only targeted at Oloibiri communities but the entire Ogbia council area.
The programme as part of its implementation, will look into upgrading most of the primary health care centres in the rural areas and also improve the secondary health care centre that will serve as the referral hub to ensure equitability, accessibility and affordability of health care services in Ogbia communities.