By Sade Adewale, Ondo
Ondo State government has repositioned its healthcare system to tackle the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic as it embarked on full implementation of the “Kaadi-Igbeayo” and contributory healthcare schemes.
Dr. Oluwole Ige, the Chief Medical Director of the state’s University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital Complex (UNIMEDTHC), emphasised that with the two schemes, health matters of the citizenry would be adequately taken care of.
Speaking on the tremendous improvement in management and facilities of the teaching hospital complex to stem brain drain and medical tourism, Dr. Ige said: “We are not there yet but have moved forward from where they started and we will continue to improve.
“There is demand for more health care delivery and the issue of health personnel is low to the need of population; and one of the way to bridge that gap is to bring personnel from outside the country or to look for them within the locality based on what you can produce.”
The Chief Medical Director of Mother and Child Hospital, Ondo, Dr. Olumide Michael Gbala, cautioned that the citizenry have to be careful about second wave of COVID-19, saying “The drug to treat it is not yet well defined. The way it behaves now we have to be very extra careful.”
He advised that “we must obey the pandemic safety protocol by wearing our nose masks, washing our hands regularly with soap and maintain social distancing among others.
Speaking on the government’s Contributory Healthcare Scheme, Abiyamo and Dr. Gbala said: “We have been making some giant strikes on these and the Governor is so magnanimous to accommodate more personnel across board.
“Kaadi Igbeayo is cheap with multiple information that could be useful in health, statistics and many other areas and the general thing is that every reasonable community should have a way to identify and get this card.
“It is also useful for everybody to key into the this Contributory Healthcare Scheme which would offer advantages of non-payment out of pocket. We are appealing to the citizenry to key into this scheme.”
Meanwhile, the CMD of UNIMEDTHC dismissed the misconception that the state hospital which was converted to the Teaching Hospital would no longer treat basic and minor health cases, saying it still attend to minor cases and attracted specialists who offered greater expertise.