By Evelyn Omotoye
The Ondo state Government has sought the support of the people of Akure kingdom on its move to establish a State Teaching Hospital.
The Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi made the appeal at a meeting in the Governor’s office, Akure, the state capital and attended by the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, Akure High Chiefs and some prominent sons and daughters of the ancient town.
Ajayi allayed the fear of the people that making the State Specialist Hospital in Akure a component of the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital in Ondo would denied the kingdom the great opportunity of clinching a Teaching Hospital for the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) medical school.
He explained that the idea of the government of making all the medical villages, which include Akure Specialist Hospital component for teaching hospital is because of the first set of intakes of UNIMED, who are in 400 level and who are due for their clinical.
Agboola assured that “the government is not taking away the hospital and would ensure a fair play in the interest of all affected communities.
“The government will also assist FUTA with provision of needed facilities when it contacts the government for the take off of its Medical School and that Akure State Specialist Hospital, being a component of the Teaching hospital will not be deterred by such development”.
The deputy governor called for the support of Akure people and leaders in order to make the Teaching Hospital a dream come true.
He appreciated the immense contribution of Akure and other communities to the success of this administration.
He however urged the people to discard any media report which may tend to misrepresent the view of the Government about the Teaching Hospital at any point.
Ealier, the Deji of Akure, stated that the town houses 40 per cent of the population of Ondo State and as such should serve as headquarter of any proposed Teaching Hospital and not an annex.
The monarch lamented that Akure is the only state capital without a Teaching Hospital, urging the government to enable the town stand at an advantage to enjoy more of the benefits from the hospital when it commences operations