Assist govt develop health sector, Akeredolu charges individuals
By Bukola Olamona
The burdens of providing healthcare services cannot be left in the hands of government alone, hence the need for stakeholders to yield the call for inclusive participation in the development of the state.
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu declared this during the official commissioning and opening of a 50-bed Deborah Multi- Specialist Hospital & Diagnostics Centre, Oba Ile on at the weekend.
The hospital was built by a philanthropist and Chairman, Mydas Hotels and Resorts, Prince Rotimi Ibidapo and wife, Chief Mrs Mulikat Ibidapo.
Akeredolu who was represented by his Deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa described the edifice as an expression of confidence and appreciation of his administration’s commitment and sacrifices for improving the health status of the people of the state.
He said it is a thing of joy to see public spirited individuals investing in the critical sector, thereby creating jobs for the teeming youths.
According to him:” It is an acceptable fact that a healthy population would be a productive population, it is with this regard that this government has taken a bold step across a healthy system through the provision of functional health structure ,strengthening of institutions, training of highly skilled professionals, practitioners and support staff”.
While enumerating some of government’s achievements in the health sector, the governor said the state Medical school has just graduated 34 medical doctors
He said his administration operates open door policy to collaborate with willing and genuine investors.
Chairman of the occasion and former Director , Nigeria Centre For Disease Control( NCDC), Prof Abdusalami Nasidi submitted that the hospital will impact in human development and also serve as economic capacity stimulant
The Director, represented by Prof Simidele Odimayo said establishment of such hospital could only be borne out of love for mankind.
Earlier, the CEO of the hospital, Chief Mrs Mulikat Ibidapo described the hospital as a God approved project of a triangular passion for her profession and a dream come through .
She said it was her desire to make effective contribution to the health care system in the country, adding that it was also one of the ways to appreciate her mother for her motherly role which is why the hospital was named after her and her late father who was the first to build a private hospital in her home town.