Governor of Osun State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has said his
administration is committed to improving the health sector through the
deployment of technology-based approach to ensure quality and affordable
Oyetola said this while turning the soil for the construction of the 120-bed ward and 30 doctors’ quarters at the state specialist hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo recently.
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In the same vein, the governor commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for giving the state the privilege to participate in the competition that enabled the state to source funds from the federal government-facilitated World Bank’s Save One Million Lives (SOML) initiative in which Osun got 20.547 million dollars, having been adjudged number two in the contest.
He noted that the administration had on assumption of office
commenced work on the revitalisation of nine general hospitals and 332 Primary
Health Centres – one per ward – across the state.
He noted that the state has been partnering development
partners and was exploring other windows to attract more funds to further
deliver quality healthcare to the people.
Oyetola appealed to corporate organisations and relevant
associations to partner the state in its efforts to revamp the health sector.
“This is a further fulfillment of the resolve of our
administration to use health, which experts say is wealth, to power all the
sectors of the state to deliver prosperity and good life to the people.
“Our revitalisation programme is holistic. It comes with the
use of technology to boost health delivery, provision of modern equipment,
training and re-training of staff for efficient healthcare.
“In order to give prompt vent to this resolve, we executed
the flag off of the facilities in Ejigbo (Osun West) and Ifetedo (Osun East)
Senatorial Districts barely three months into our administration.
“Work has reached advanced stages on the two projects. They
will be delivered very soon. We also commenced work on the revitalisation of
nine General Hospitals and 332 Primary Health Centres – one per ward – across
“We are here to complete the one-per-senatorial-district revitalisation
of hospitals with this expansion project at the State Specialist Hospital,
“This project consists of the construction of a 120-bed ward
and 30 doctors’ quarters. This hospital is the flagship of the facilities under
the Hospitals Management Board,” he said.
According to him, it was a multi-specialist hospital which
offers specialised services in major areas including obstetrics and
gynaecology, general surgery, radiology, pediatrics, internal medicine,
physiotherapy and medical rehabilitation, optical services, medical laboratory
services, dentistry, HIV testing, counselling and treatment, TB/leprosy care
and family planning services, among others.
He said his administration has carried out major works on
the theatre complex, blood bank building, medical laboratory, trauma centre,
hope clinic and the external wall of the hospital.
Oyetola said: “This year, we have executed six major
campaigns and capacity efforts to boost impact and efficiency. These are
Maternal, Neonatal and Child Week; Immunisation Plus Days; exclusive
breastfeeding campaign; polio eradication campaign; net hanging campaign and
facility level training for the activation of the Basic Health Care Provision
Fund (BHCPF) in Osun.
“Osun State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (O’SACA) will
soon start a project that will involve the introduction of incentives for
pregnant mothers who attend ante-natal clinic and have HIV test result.
“By the time the 120-bed facility whose sod we are turning
today is handed over, we should have upgraded the hospital to a 180-bed
facility and expanded its overall efficiency.
“Going forward, we are partnering with development partners
and exploring other windows to attract more funds to the state to further
deliver quality healthcare to the people.
“We would also appeal to corporate organisations and
relevant associations to partners us to achieve our laudable objectives.
“Our collective resolve to build a dynamic and prosperous
Osun as government and people is in our mutual interest”, the governor said.
The Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy
Owoeye, implored the health workers in the state to make judicious use of the
facilities procured by the government.
Owoeye, who described the successes recorded by the Oyetola
led-government as a clear manifestation of good governance, said the governor
has demonstrated to the world that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was the
only party that has the capability to take the state to the next level.
The Permanent Secretary, Osun State Hospital Management
Board, Mr. Isaac Dayo Oluwoye, commended the administration of Oyetola for
prioritising the health sector in the state.
He said: “Everyone knows that Oyetola’s administration is
one of continuity from the progressive and people-focused administration before
it, which makes provision of good health for the people as one of its cardinal
Chief Consultant and Head of the Specialist Hospital, Dr.
Bello Akeem Babatunde and member of the Osun Health Revitalisation Committee,
Dr. Simeon Afolayan, hailed the state government for providing quality
healthcare service in the state.