A Federal House Representatives hopeful, Obong Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo has hailed Governor Udom Emmanuel over his dedication and commitment towards ensuring that Akwa Ibom’s primary and secondary healthcare system are strengthened.
To complement Governor Emmanuel’s strides in healthcare delivery, Obong Ukpong-Udo hinted that he will be going to the National Assembly with developed and achievable strategies that will add on the achievements and also ensure prompt healthcare delivery in Akwa Ibom.
Obong Ukpong-Udo, who shared his thoughts with journalists in Uyo at the weekend, also commended Governor Emmanuel for completely overhauling and equipping the Ikono General Hospital to the best standard, saying “Governor Udom Emmanuel’s resolve and commitment to providing the people of the state with standard and functional healthcare system is unparalleled.”
The National Assembly hopeful said “I am going to the House of Representatives so as to complement Governor Udom Emmanuel’s strides in the state particularly in areas of education; water resources; agriculture; healthcare delivery, among others. I have developed achievable strategies that will help our healthcare system, education, agriculture and others. My strategy in the area of healthcare will include informal health insurance scheme where the unemployed at the grassroots can have access to healthcare. I am very passionate about this. I am, and will always be, committed to ensuring qualitative healthcare delivery to the people of Akwa Ibom.”
Obong Ukpong-Udo acknowledged gigantic role and support the Udom Emmanuel’s administration has given to the State’s primary and secondary health system and assured the people that he will play a pivotal role to ensure the National Assembly to provide reasonable budgetary allocation to Akwa Ibom.
“The importance of quality and accessible healthcare to the people is unquestionable. In fact, bulk of the cases that run the vicious cycle of poverty are traceable to lack of adequate and efficient healthcare delivery system,” he explained.
He added by saying “if somebody is sick, such a person cannot be productive, he can neither earn income nor save money. And by this, he is termed poor. And until the National Assembly gives high priority to the health sector in the allocation of resources, this cannot be changed.”
“It will be my utmost concern, as a National Assemblyman, to reduce inequality in accessing healthcare system and also to strengthen the system towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are part of my developed strategies,” Obong Ukpong-Udo emphasized.
The National Assembly hopeful assured the people of the state, particularly the people of Ikono/INI Federal Constituency that, if elected, he will use his tenure to support and improve healthcare system to Akwa Ibom.