By JAMES EZEMA
The Special Adviser to Imo State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Humanitarian Services, Hon. Princess Christina Ude has charged the 27 Imo Health Volunteer LGA Coordinators to be proactive and deliver good results.
She stated this at the inauguration of the 27 LGA coordinators of Imo Health Volunteers group held at the office of the Special Adviser to the governor on Health.
The SDG boss thanked them for availing themselves as volunteers, pointing out that they volunteered because of their passion for good health and well-being for Imolites.
She disclosed that Good Health and well-being is Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which centres on well-being for all at all ages by 2030, stressing that to achieve it, three things are involved, which include political will, policy coherence and investments in health care through adovacy.
She further hinted that the Imo Health Volunteer Workers will engage in activities that will promote good health, well-being and access to health care in the state. She urged them to use tactics and influence to push for an equilibrium between supply and demand of health care services in the state, where government and the citizens work together to improve the quality of health care.
She expressed optimism that the Imo Health Volunteers group will lead the state towards better care and better lives for the citizens of the state.
Contributing, the Special Adviser to the governor on Health, Hon. Dr Lina Okereke, who is the pioneer of the program, noted that health is a vulnerable thing in the society and many people are dying, adding that ignorance is not an excuse.
She stressed on health education and test in Imo state, pointing out that the Imo Health Volunteer Workers will educate the people on rudimental things to avoid, so that they can prevent preventable diseases.
She stated that their emphasis is on prevention than curative. She urged the newly inaugurated 27 LGA Imo Health Volunteer coordinators to report health issues in their local communities and not to treat, stressing that the governor Senator Hope Uzodinma has shown significant interest in health by providing ambulances and mobile clinics across the state.
She urged them to sensitize people at the grassroots through health talks and advocacy.
Others that spoke at the event include the Special Adviser to Imo State Governor on oil palm beaches, Abattoirs, Agric produce pricing, Monitoring and Control, Hon. Charles Ejiogu, Hon Chike of Imo concerned citizens, Ebilim Amaka the Director of Communications amongst others.