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We’ll reposition our public health ODSG

Ondo State Government said it would not rest on its laurels until the public health is fully repositioned in the state.

The State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, stated this on Tuesday at the 40th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, held at the International Culture and Events Centre, The Dome, Akure.

Aiyedatiwa who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Olayide Adelami, equally called for collective efforts of all the stakeholders including the government, health professionals, patients and partners, assuring that his government would continue to improve on its performances.

According to the Governor, the country is currently facing serious challenges in several sectors, health inclusive, adding that the challenges in the health sector have necessitated the need for all stakeholders to come up with new strategies to address them.

He encouraged health professionals to work as a team and complement the efforts of government, just as he acknowledged the significant contributions of members of the  association both individually and collectively to the development of Nigeria’s health system since independence.

Aiyedatiwa said the theme for this year’s conference, “Repositioning Public Health in a New Political Dispensation” is timely, noting that it is not the responsibility of an individual but the collective efforts of all of us.

“On our part in Ondo State, the health sector has been identified to be very critical to the development of our State. Since the inception of our administration, health has been appropriately placed at the centre of our REDEEMED policy thrust.

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“We have pursued it aggressively and systematically by making strategic interventions that have helped to reposition the health sector of the State to be more efficient.

“In order to make Ondo State a cynosure of all eyes, especially in the health sector, we have expanded the programmes at the University of Medical Sciences by establishing the school of public health where public health physicians are being trained.

“Recently, we commenced training for Community Nursing and Midwifery coordinated by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED) where mid-level Nurses and Midwives are trained.

“To ensure Universal Health Coverage for our citizens, we have established the Contributory Health Commission which is our Insurance Scheme. All public servants including health workers, in the formal sector have been covered and this has reduced out-of-pocket expenses on health among them.

“Let me quickly add that the processes for the formal sector to buy into the scheme have already been set in motion. 

“Again, to guarantee the safety of drugs in the hospitals, as we all know the menace that fake drugs is causing in the society, the Drug and Health Commodities Management Agency has been established.

“This Agency which is already fully operational, is not only going to curb the peril of fake drugs but will also ensure that there is no more ‘Out of Stock Syndrome’ and expired drugs in our health facilities.

“It is noteworthy that due to the fact that we do direct purchases from manufacturers, the prices of drugs and consumables in the public health facilities are lower than those obtained elsewhere.

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