All for improved healthcare services
All for improved healthcare services
… ODSG commissions medical equipments, Contributory Health Commission office
By Kemi Olatunde
One of the important duties of government is to provide qualitative healthcare service to its people. It must ensure that the needed facilities to achieve this is put in place. Every individual has a right to enjoy the best health services because only a healthy individual can contribute to the economic progress of the society.
In Ondo State, it is a new dawn as the Governor , Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is determined to take the health sector to the next level through his numerous innovations in the sector.
Last Monday was a joyous day for stakeholders in the state health sector as the governor inspected and flaged off the distribution of biomedical equipment/consumables to health facilities in the state.
Also, the office of the long awaited Contributory Health Scheme was also commissioned by the governor.
These events can best be described as another score card for the governor in the area of improved health care services for the people of the state. Every right thinking person will agree that the governor deserve a round of applause for the gestures especially the sophisticated equipment that just arrived the state.
The governor’s investment in the health sector attest to the fact that the sector is very dear to him no wonder he was not discouraged bythe heavy down pour which lasted for a better part of the day.
Speaking at the event, the governor expressed appreciation to the partner, Med share Incorporated USA for supplying the $5million worth of equipment/consumables and listed some of the goods to include over 250 sophisticated electrical beds, stressers, infusion pumps, intensive unit beds, delivery beds, surgical instruments, incubators and ICU monitors, among others.
While reiterating his resolve to give priority to the health of the people of the state, he stressed the need to focus on personnel, infrastructure and equipment in order to provide good health care to the people.
Akeredolu who stated that he will continue to employ professionals in the state health sector noted that his administration has upgraded the various health facilities, so as, to provide services for Mother and Child care and added that he will do more to upgrade the facilities in order to meet the standard which will be acceptable to key into the Contributory Health Scheme of the state government.
However, he charged health workers to make good use of the equipment which according to him will get down to the grassroot.
In his opening remarks, General Manager, Contributory Health Commission, Dr. Abiodun Oyeneyin commended the governor for the establishment of the scheme in the state, expressed appreciation to him for putting in place necessary facilities for the smooth operation of the scheme.
While promising to contribute his quota to the improvement in the standard of living of the people of the state, he hinted that the commission will officially flag off in October, 2019 for the benefit of all.
Oyeneyin also promised that the commission will be loyal, faithful, honest and transparent in its operation assured that it will not fail in its quest for quality healthcare delivery to the people.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro in his address commended the governor for the notable improvement in the health sector through his programmes which according to him have been attracting investors to the state.
He hinted that some Chinese investors are read to establish 10b green health pack in the state and added that “Chinese hospital and a pharmaceutical manufacturing hospital will also be established. These will come up soon in the state in the area of health sector.”
While soliciting for more support for the governor, he described Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s disposition towards Public Private Partnership and collaboration with both local and international organizations as steps towards achieving great strides in the health sector.
Giving a brief on the equipment, Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye noted that the arrival of containers of highly sophisticated equipment is aimed at proffering solution to equipment challenge in the health sector.
Speaking further on thecontainers of medical equipment and consumables, he stated that four of them have been off loaded and added that the gesture “will change the way medical practice is done in the health sector over the years in the state.”
Speaking with The Hope, Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu commended the governor for his passion for the health sector, noting that the equipment will in no small measure contribute to the improvement of the health sector.
Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola explained that with the quantity and quality of equipment and consumable, a lot of transformation is expected in the state.
He stated that the governor has provided the avenue for workers to provide quality services, hence attracting more people to government owned facilities.
However, he assured that the equipment will be adequately monitored in order to achieve the denied result in the sector.
Governor Akeredolu also commissioned the Ondo State Contributory Health Commission’s office where he noted that the Contributory Health Scheme is one of the conditions designed by the Federal Government for each state in the country to access the Basic Health Care Provision Fund.
He stated that his administration will take care of the vulnerable group among other things in order to reduce to the bearest minimum the financial barrier to qualitative health care in the state.