Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has commended the Federal Government for releasing $1.5 million “Save a Million Lives” intervention fund to the state.
Obaseki gave the commendation on Saturday when he received the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, at the Government House in Benin City.
He said the fund, geared toward improving maternal and child health, would be judiciously used in the state.
The governor said the state had set up a contact group to ensure that the programme achieved its aims.
“The contact group has done quite a number of works on the programme, “the Governor told News Agency Nigeria (NAN) at the forum.
The governor, who intimated the minister of his administration’s plans to reposition the state’s health sector, said much support would be needed from the federal government.
“We have refurbished the general hospitals across the state, but we have not been able to staff them adequately to provide the level of care we need.
“That is a major challenge and that is one area we will like to have more conversation with the federal government on how to resolve the challenge,” Obaseki added.
He said the state also needed assistance in the repositioning of its school of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Health Technology.
Earlier, the minister commended Obaseki for his scientific approach to addressing issues in health and other sectors in the state.