By Adekola Afolabi
Leadership of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, has been enjoined to propagate the state Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, adding that it will rebrand the state health sector and position it for optimum performance.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu made the call in his office while receiving the new leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Ondo State Chapter, led by the Chairman, Dr. Omosehin Adeyemi-Osowe.
Akeredolu declared that the health sector in the state fared better under his administration added that he took pride in the achievements recorded by his administration.
The Governor stressed that the Mother and Child hospital was only two before his administration came on board but has been extended to seven across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Akeredolu also pointed that the University of Medical Sciences had no accredited courses but his administration facilitated the accreditation of many courses in the institution.
According to the Governor, there were dearth of equipments in the various hospitals in the state before his administration intervened and brought equipment into the state.
He noted that his administration is also constructing 250 bed hospital at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTH) in Akure and Ondo town, respectively.
He further stated that more health workers including doctors and nurses have been employed by his administration in the Hospital Management Board, UNIMEDTH and the Primary Health Care Development Agency.
“When we came in, there were many things that were lacking but are now put in place. Will it be denied that when we came on board, the State Specialist hospital we met in Akure is not the same today. We are putting a 250-bedder both in Akure and Ondo”, Akeredolu added.
The Governor called on the NMA leadership to help propagate the state Contributory Health Insurance Scheme, adding that it will rebrand the state health sector and position it for optimum performance.
Earlier, the NMA chairman, Dr. Omosehin Adeyemi-Osowe, described the recruitment done by the Akeredolu administration at the Primary Healthcare Development Agency as the single most largest employment done at the agency since the creation of the state.
“I will like to appreciate you for the security measures embraced by your administration to ensure peace in the State. Also we appreciate you for the massive infrastructure in the state. We can see the road construction across the length and breadth of Ondo State. And this is in accordance with the REDEEMED Agenda of your administration.
“I will also commend you for the now monthly salaries that we get. Also, the massive employment done last year into this body and it cut across Doctors, Pharmacists, committed extension workers, committed officers and other health workers”, he added.