The Ministry of Health has the responsibility of handling medical services and training, and is also tasked with the duty of primary health care and disease control. The Ministry takes care of nursing services as well as pharmaceutical services.
The Various Parastatals within this ministry include:
• State School of Midwifery, Asaba
• School of Nursing, Agbor
• School of Nursing, Warri
• School of Health Technology, Ofuoma
• Hospitals Management Board
- Drug Revolving Fund
-Traditional Medicine Board
-State Primary Health Care Development Agency
The Ministry of Health has tenaciously executed all the activities and programmes related to the responsibilities assigned to her. Prominent among the achievements of the ministry during this administration include the following:
Free Maternal Health Programmes
The Free Maternal Health Programme was launched, with a goal of by His Excellency, Dr Emmanuel E. Uduaghan, on 20th November 2007 at the Central Hospital, Ughelli North Local Government Area. The goal of the scheme has been to reduce maternal mortality by 50% and it has been a tremendous help to the deltan people.
• Ante-Natal Care
• Delivery during Caesarean Sections
• Laboratory Testing
• Management of Ectopic Pregnancy and Abortion complications.
• Blood Transfusion Services
Rural Health Scheme
This scheme was first established in 2005. It is geared towards providing free medical services to all Deltans, especially rural dwellers who cannot afford hospitals. Two phases of the scheme were executed between 2005 and 2006 during which all the 25 LGAs of the state were covered. Only medical screening and treatment of cases were carried out in these exercises.
The scheme was resumed in November 2008 and this time, it involved free treatment of patients with both medical and surgical conditions, at no cost to the patient. Services afforded during the programme include Laboratory services, HIV screening and pharmaceutical services. General Medical Practice as well as specialist care including surgery are all offered freely to the citizenry. In year 2011, the programme was expanded by adding immunization and dental care.
Free Health Care for Children under 5 years old
The free under five medical care programme in Delta State was flagged off by His Excellency, the Governor on May 27th 2010 at Central Hospital Sapele. Data was collected initially in the first year from 54 government owned institutions (Central, General, Government, Cottage) but later the programme extended to 56 government hospitals. Presently, data from private hospitals have been included.
a. Construction of Staff Quarters in Hospitals that previously had none, particularly in the rural areas
b. Construction of perimeter fences, gates, and gate houses in some hospitals
c. Provision of dedicated electricity generating sets for the Theatres, Maternity/Labour Wards and laboratories of Government Hospitals to promote free Maternal Health Care Programmes.
d. Provision of Medical Equipment for all Hospitals
e. Provision of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) dedicated lines to some hospitals to reduce power outage.
• The teaching Hospital at Oghara is completed and was commissioned on the 19th of June 2012.
• Accreditation has been given to various clinical departments of Delta State University (DELSUTH) for post graduate training of doctors. They include Family Medicine, Anaesthesia, Surgery, Paediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
• The Eku Baptist Hospital was formally taken over by Delta State Government on 2nd November 2009. The hospital which also has a school of nursing is undergoing renovation and restructuring to position it for specialised and quality health care service to the people of the area and the stage at large.
• The General Hospital Isiokolo was commissioned on the 24th of May, 2010. By this commissioning, every local government headquarters now has a General Hospital thus fulfilling one of the health policies of the State Government.
• The Comprehensive Health Centre, Ubulu-Uku is completed and has been commissioned. By this commissioning the state now has a total of 60 hospitals and University Teaching Hospitals.
• A number of other primary health care centres are being constructed across the state and are at various level of completion. Three have been completed and two(2) of them are waiting to be equipped before being handed over to their respective local Government Councils – PHC Centres in Edjeba, Ugbakele and Oleri. Primary Health Care Centre, Edjeba has already been supplied with the necessary equipment through the Local Government Council.