By: Ade Adeleke
Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, today vowed that his administration will continue to work towards meeting the health needs of the citizenry, just as he distributed another set of multi – million naira medical equipment to 300 primary healthcare facilities across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Governor Akeredolu described the equipment as necessary in order to improve the diagnostic and therapeutic capacity of the primary health care facilities and respond to the health needs of the people across the state.
The equipment commissioned and distributed include: 300 units of Children Ambu-bag, 60 units of Adult Ambu-bag, 300 Units of Baby weighing scale, 300 Units of Blood pressure apparatus, 300 Units of Stethoscope, 301 Units of Angle poise Examination light, 18 Units of Anti – Shock garment and 300 Units of Penguin suction device among several others.
The governor said his administration is consistently putting the state’s scarce resources where they are most valuable, by investing heavily in the primary health care sector in the last two years.
He said: ” You will recall that in August 2018, I commissioned some medical and laboratory equipment worth millions of Naira for use at the primary health care level of health service delivery. I mentioned clearly then that it was the first phase for such deliberate investment
“Today’s event marks the second phase. By the grace of God, more phases are in the pipeline, until the primary healthcare system of Ondo State becomes a reference point in qualitative maternal, neonatal and child services in Nigeria.”
Governor Akeredolu said his administration will not rest on its oars in fulfilling the Minimum Service Package (MSP) pillar of the Primary – Healthcare – Under – One – Roof (PHCUOR) policy of the Federal Government.
He disclosed that another set of medical equipment will arrive the country next week, adding that the state is determined in its pursuit of delivering quality and affordable medical facilities to the people.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, said the event was in continuation of the government’s efforts at reducing the incidence of childhood and maternal mortality in the state.