Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has said his administration is doing every thing within his power to consolidate on the previous acheivments in the health sector of the state.
The Governor stated this on Thursday while addressing the sixth annual general meeting and scientific conference of Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association,MDCAN, Ondo State Government Hospitals’ Chapter held in Akure, the state capital.
He noted that the theme of the conference, ‘Healthcare Delivery in Ondo State; the Past, Present and the Future’ was apt and timely as it would allow for critical analysis of how the state has fared so far with a view to proffering necessary solution to any other challenges.
Represented by his deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, Governor Akeredolu, who noted that the state was the only state in the Southwest zone of the federation without a teaching hospital at the the time he took over, said the state is no proud of a well equiped and well funded teaching hospital.
He added that his government has improved on the ‘abiye’ martarnal care inherited from the last administration as a countributory health scheme that would make more citizens have access to quality healthcate has been put in place to care pregnant women and children under five.
According to him, the state government had recently taken delivery of state-of-the-art medical equipment which are currently being distributed to health facilities across the state.
His words, ‘You will recall that there was no Teaching Hospital in our Sunshine State at the inception of our administration. This definitely left large vacumm in our health sector and no doubt affected the healthcare delivery. This has now changed with the advent of a standard Teaching Hospital with complexes in Ondo and Akure’.
‘As a way of ensuring that our citizens have unfettered access to good and qualitative healthcare at affordable cost, we have established the Contributory Health Commission for the state and the commission has since commenced activities. This is to move us in the direction of Universal Health Coverage for our citizens’, he added.
The governor however called on doctors in the state to support his government in achieving all his laudable programmes as government alone could not do it.
Also in his comments at the event, the state Commissioner for health Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, reprented by permanently secretary of the State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola lauded achievements recorded in the Heath sector under Akeredolu-led government.
Describing the doctors as key stakeholders in the health project of the government, Adegbenro solicited the cooperation of doctors in the service of the state government, adding they could not afford to fail in their expectation of quality service delivery.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of MDCAN said the association yearly organised the conference to discuss topical health issues proffer necessary solution.
He said said the theme for this year was carefully chosen to address address areas oh health such as the risk of succide and litigation in the medical practice.