UNIMEDTH to get Dialysis Centre
UNIMEDTH to get Dialysis Centre
By Kemi Olatunde
Ondo State University of Medical Sciences, Akure complex will soon get a Dialysis Centre for kidney treatment.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the state government and some partners; Lions Clubs International District 404A1 Nigeria and Adcem Health Services Limited.
Speaking yesterday at the premises of the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences(UNIMED) Teaching Hospital, Akure complex, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro commended the initiative which according to him would improveg health care services in the state.
Represented by a Director in the ministry, Dr. Richard Adesoji, he noted that with the centre in place, it becomes a new dawn for kidney patients as it enable them to have access to qualitative health care within the state capital.
While calling on private organizations and other stakeholders to contribute to the development of the health sector, he assured that government will render affordable services to the people on completion of the project.
However, he assured the partners that the centre will be judiciously used and maintained.
also speaking, District Governor of the club, Mr Adekunle Adedipe noted that the N50 million Lions Dialysis Centre, Akure will be constructed within the Akure complex while equipment for the centre will be provided and managed by the other partner, Adcem Healthcare Services.
Describing diabetes as the world’s largest killer, he stated that the club has taken a giant step in eradicating diabetes in the country.
Speaking further, he explained that it has also saved the planet through its numerous projects saying “we are planning a symposium on plastic and plastic waste management.”
While describing the project as a laudable one, he stated that the hospital has no Dialysis centre hence the need to provide it with one for the benefit of the people of the state.
However, he hinted that the proposed centre will be completed within three months and added that the club will raise funds for its completion within the stipulated period.
Representative of Adcem Health care Services, Olatunde Olaosebikan commended Lions club for its commitment to the development of the health sector especially in the provision of renal care services.
He described their partnership as futuristic saying “we plan to deliver similar project in other institutions by providing quality and effective renal care services.”
On his part, Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Hospitals Management Board (HMB), Dr. Niran Ikuomola while appreciating the partners for their efforts in helping the less privileged, noted that their activities have are recognized in the health sector.
He noted that the Contributory Health Scheme of the present government will afford people of the state the opportunity to access health freely and added that the premium will be minimal.
While describing the proposed centre as one aimed at complementing government efforts in the health sector, he assured that government will continue to encourage Public Private Partnership (PPP) at improving the state health sector.
However, he pledged the board’s support on the successful completion of the project.
Speaking earlier, Physician in charge, Akure complex, UNIMED Teaching Hospital, Dr. Adesina Akintan described kidney disease as one of the greatest killers noting that dialysis is a major strategy in combating kidney failure.
While commending the initiative, he however stated that it will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of the state.