BY RAYMOND OSHO
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that his administration would revolutionalise the health sector for effective services.
Abiodun who disclosed this on Tuesday July 16, 2019 at the 43rd Annual General Scientific Meeting of the West African College Of Physicians (WACP) held in Abeokuta, the State capital, said he was also committed to restructuring the Health Insurance Scheme by addressing the identified lapses to make it more efficient and affordable.
With the panel of enquiry on the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), the Governor said tertiary institution will be able to serve as an effective referral center to the lower tier and healthcare delivery centres.
The Governor stressed that his administration was committed towards ensuring that a hospital was designated in the three senatorial districts as a specialized hospital of excellence that would treat a particular ailment.
Abiodun recalled that when he visited OOUTH in Sagamu last month and the General Hospital in Ilaro, headquarters of Ogun West recently, he saw that a lot needed to be done to re-position the health sector in the state.
“The Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital will serve as an effective referral center to the lower tier and healthcare delivery centers.”
The governor noted that his administration would restructure the health insurance scheme to make it more effective and accessible to the people, pledging that efforts would be made towards improving infant and mortality rate in the state.
Prince Abiodun also disclosed that his government would be committed to the re-training and recruitment of more medical personnel, saying that the working conditions for medical personnel in the state would be improved upon.
In his welcome address, the National Chairman, West African College of Physicians, Dr. Abel Nze Onunu noted that the time was ripe for the country to examine the impact of social ills on healthcare in the country, adding that with the increased rate of poverty, a lot of people were now turning into alternative health resolution to seek solutions to their medical challenges.
Nze Onunu opined that some form of auditing ought to be done on health care professional training and practice, adding that the process would help to enhance a good human healthcare resources management in terms of availability and distribution.