Kogi govt moves to boost health sector, to float ‘Bello Care’

As Nigeria healthcare system continues to experience pressure over the outbreak of COVID-19, the Kogi State Government has developed strategies to ensure effective service delivery to people of the State. 

This is following among other interventions the approval of loan facility of 2 billion naira by the State Executive Council on Wednesday.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the SEC meeting at Government House in Lokoja, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication Mr Kingsley Fanwo said the fund when accessed would facilitate health care expansion programme in the state as the emergence of COVID-19 had exposed several deficiencies in the health sector across the country and that Kogi was poised to reposition it for efficient service delivery.

The Commissioner noted that the council gave approval for take off of an intervention scheme known as Bello Care to improve access to healthcare particularly by rural dwellers.

He also said Government would carry out a palliative repair on the Ganaja road to make it motorable as the rains increase.

Briefing newsmen, the state Commissioner for Health, Doctor Saka Haruna explained that government was deploying a surveillance team to Kabba Bunu local council area to commence house to house testing and relief supply in the area.

This he noted, was to be proactive even as Government was disputing the authenticity of the two suspected COVID-19 cases announced by the NCDC.

Doctor Haruna pointed out that council directed the inauguration of the Executive Secretary as well as members of the Kogi State Health Insurance Agency for it to commence operations.

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