By Kemi Olatunde
Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Banji Awolowo Ajaka has reiterated government resolve to improve on the quality of health care services obtainable in the state especially at the various secondary health facilities.
He spoke during a courtesy visit to the state Hospitals’ Management Board (HMB) in Akure.
According to him, HMB remains the centre of health services in the state, stating that it was the mainstay of the state health sector.
While lamenting the exit of health professionals in the state and country at large, he commended health workers for their sacrifice for the state despite attractive pay in other countries and assured them of better days ahead.
Ajaka who stressed the need for staff motivation for effective service delivery in the board, called on them to be involved in effectiveness operation in order to guarantee an improved IGR which according to him will be used for the improvement of the facilities across the state.
He encouraged the staff to give priority to their patients stating that they should be treated with utmost care for an improved board.
He assured them of government support in achieving a better board and by extension, qualitative health care delivery in secondary health facilities in the state.
He also called for continuous monitoring and advised that staff must work together as a team in the sector.
Speaking earlier, Permanent Secretary of the board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola expressed appreciation to the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on the appointment of the commissioner to drive the health sector.
He commended the commissioner for the foundation he laid in the board during his tenure as Chairman which according to him has been impactful noting that he began the recruitment of professionals especially consultants into the system saying “we have sustained the tempo.”
He said that the board has given priority to the management and provision of services through adequate and effective monitoring of the 22 hospitals and 14 satellite clinics under the board.
While assuring government of staff commitment to duty and loyalty, he solicited support in the area of manpower, water supply to facilities, accommodation and funding among others.