At the swearing-in held during the weekly State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting, at Government House in Benin City, Obaseki said the expectations from the commissioner are high going by his experience, familiarity with the state public health sector and involvement in the formulation of the Edo-HIP.
On his part, Dr. Okundia pledged commitment to the implementation of Edo-HIP, noting that the programme would transform the state to a hub for medical tourism in the country.
He added, “The health sector in the state has suffered huge neglect with only superficial efforts from previous governments. For the first time, we have a governor who has refused to go the old way in addressing the challenges in the healthcare delivery system in the state rather preferring holistic solution that will make Edo healthcare sector an enviable one.”
Until his appointment, Okundia was the Chief Medical Director, Stella Obasanjo Hospital. He hails from Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State.