By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Osun state has become a pacesetter in the provision of quality, qualitative, functional and affordable healthcare delivery .
It said Osun has been leading the way in repositioning the health sector in Nigeria as demonstrated by the giant strides the state had taken to revive and redefine healthcare delivery in the State.
This is even as the global health body lauded the State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola for prioritising the health sector and making it the foundation of effective people-oriented governance.
The WHO representative to Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi, said these when he led other officials of the organisation on a courtesy visit to the Governor in his office in Osogbo.
Kazadi reiterated the commitment of WHO to strengthen the ties of mutually beneficial partnership between it and the state government saying, “we are very committed to sustaining the excellent collaboration and working relationship.
In his remarks, Governor Oyetola extolled WHO for providing global leadership in the effective management of COVID-19 pandemic.
Oyetola who said his adminstration justified the aphorism- “health is wealth”.
He said the government put health sector on the front burner and will continue to ensure that no one in the State was left behind in accessing adequate, quality and equitable healthcare.
The Governor who reeled out some of the achievements made in the health sector in the last three years of his administration, said all the concerted efforts in the state health sector are already yielding fruits especially considering that confidence in the public health facilities in the state has been largely restored.
“We shall continue to sustain these initiatives while seeking more windows to deliver sustainable healthcare to our people. In this regards, we will be needing your further support on domesticating task shifting, task-sharing policies, strengthening Data infrastructure and capacity building and more support in the fight against Covid-19, especially in the ongoing mass vaccination,” he added.