Osun resuscitates 332 PHCs
By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has flagged off the revitalization of 332 Primary Health Care Centres and nine General Hospitals across the state.
The revitalization initiative is established to help combat and correct the state’s negative health indices, notably the high incidence of child/ maternal mortality and communicable and non-communicable diseases.
The governor while flagging off the project disclosed that it will also reduce the pressure on secondary and tertiary health facilities and ensure equitable acces to functional healthcare facilities.
Oyetola said conscious of the truism that health is wealth and convinced that real development flows from the health of its people, his administration has deliberately decided to take quality and equitable healthcare delivery to the grassroots.
The governor said the Osun Health Insurance Scheme has been instituted to complement the State’s health architecture and make healthcare affordable to its citizens under the Scheme and pays premium for the highly vulnerable.
In his address, the Minister of Health, Pro Isaac Adewole congratulated the governor on an historic occasion, noting that health is the primary need of every human being.
Adewole commended the governor for identifying health as a priority issue in the state.
He thanked Oyetola for keying into President Buhari’s agenda of revitalising 10,000 Primary Health Care centres across the country, saying the 332 is a component of the 10,000 PHCs.
He lauded the governor for being the first state in the Southwest to launch the programme as other state would follow.
Also speaking, The Executive Secretary, Osun state Primary Health Care Board, Dr Oluwole Fabiyi commended governor Oyetola for taking the bull by the horn and taming the monster of dilapidated health infrastructures in the state.
Fabiyi said the government deserve some accolade by this singular act, noting that access to health care at the grassroots is now guaranteed.
Chairman, House Committee on Health, Leke Ogunsola in his goodwill message assured the governor of parliament’s support for the project.
The event was graced by Head of Service, Olowogboyega, Supervisors of ministries, Permanent secretaries and royal fathers across the state