Akeredolu commissions CCU building, lays UNIMEDTHC foundation
By Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State government has surpassed others with improvement in health delivery indices which has reversed the trend of residents seeking tertiary health care outside the state.
The governor made the revelation yesterday in Akure while commissioning the Critical Care Unit (CCU) building and laying foundation of the new UNIMED Teaching Hospital Complex (UNIMEDTHC).
He explained that his administration observed that Ondo was the only State without a tertiary health care facility among the South western states in Nigeria.
Akeredolu said his administration has also made choices on behalf of the people in other areas of socio economic system of the state that has made life more comfortable.
The governor noted that his administration has also recruited over 750 highly qualified personnel to match the upgrade in the facility across board.
According to the Governor: “The State Government through an executive order has put in place an Health Insurance Scheme for pregnant women and children under five years in the State code named “Abiyamo“ to address the unsustainability and the identified gaps in the Abiye Programme of the previous administration. With executive order, additional five hospitals as against the existing two were re-designated as Mother-and-Child friendly centres.
“The programme is now spread across all the three senatorial Districts of the State. In addition, private health facilities are also being accredited to give free maternal-and-child care services to compliment the designated Seven Mother-and-Child friendly Government Hospitals.
“The Government will be responsible for the care in all the accredited facilities and the Seven Mother and Child centres in compliance with the “Abiyamo” Scheme. We ingeniously sourced medical equipment at a reduced cost to cover identified infrastructural gaps in all our hospitals. This has improved diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of all our public hospitals.
“We passed into Law the Primary Health Care Bill to empower the Primary Health Care Board to carry out its work more effectively and efficiently. This will also position us to benefit from the National Basic Health Fund which will in turn improve the health wellbeing of our citizens at the community level,” the governor asserted.
Speaking at the epoch-making event, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, applauded the governor for upgrading the former State Specialist Hospital, Akure to UNIMED Teaching Hospital Complex, adding that Akure as the state capital has suffered over 10 years of neglect in the area of tertiary healthcare facility.
According to the monarch, with the development, nobody would travel outside the state for medical treatment, saying that governor Akeredolu has done much for Akure.