Delta State Government has sacked the Zonal Medical Director (ZMD) of Central Hospital Agbor, Dr Philemon Okolie over incessant complaints of poor services delivery at the health facility by patients.
Dr Okolie who was relieved of his appointment on Monday, has been replaced by Dr Roy Maduka as the new ZMD
This action was made known by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mordi Ononye on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in his office during a meeting with the 11 Zonal Medical Directors in the State.
The Commissioner warned that the days when government officials do whatever they like was over, stating that any hospital head who failed to perform would be shown the way out.
Dr Ononye condemned the situation where patients were made to pay for services which they ought not to pay for saying they have been subsidized by government.
He said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa promised Deltans affordable and accessible medical care which according to him, was already implementing with the contributory healthcare scheme, face-lifting of primary healthcare centers and secondary health facilities and the provision of medical equipment among others to make health care available for Deltans.
Dr Ononye called on the Zonal Medical Directors to run their hospitals efficiently and effectively by plough back their internally generated revenue to address gaps.
On the issue of manpower shortage which he said cuts across the zones, he said that government was aware of the challenge and would do something to address it, adding that they should be patient with government for now.
The Commissioner advised the Zonal Directors to work together by sharing ideas and experiences on how to improve services in the various hospitals, adding that no one man knows it all.
The issue of public outcry against poor services rendered by Government owned hospitals and awkward activities of the medical personnel is a major trend in Delta State.