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The Osun State Government on Thursday commenced the rehabilitation and revitalisation of hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the state.
The formal ceremony was held in Ejigbo where close to N300 million will be spent to turn around the hospital, providing equipment, drugs and engage personnel. The 3.2 kilometres road from the city centre to the University of Osun campus, passing through the hospital gate, will also be rehabilitated.There will also be provision of water, quarters for doctors and medical officers and landscaping of the hospital.
Work also began yesterday in the General Hospital in Ifetedo in Ife South Local government area.
The state Governor Gboyega Oyetola said “Ejigbo General Hospital will not only be rehabilitated but will also be upgraded and fully revitalized. It will have full complement of state-of-the-art equipment, new children’s ward and medical personnel quarters.” The contractor was given a three-month deadline to deliver the project.
The governor said his government remained resolute to building healthy citizens that will contribute productively to the socio-economic development of the state.
Having emerged second in the World Bank’s Save One Million Lives (SOML) initiative,Osun State got $20.547 million from the fund.
Oyetola promised judicious use of the money saying “because quality healthcare is one of the cardinal programmes of our All Progressives Congress-led administration, considerable efforts have been made since the party came into power to prioritise the health of the people.
“The state of Osun boasts of 57 secondary and 876 primary healthcare facilities, out of which 323 are focal facilities that will implement the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). This translates to one functional primary healthcare per ward.”
He commended the immediate past administration of Rauf Aregbesola for spending N1.8billion on renovation, rehabilitation and upgrading of nine hospitals.
“As part of efforts to expand healthcare delivery, our administration also instituted the Osun Health Insurance Scheme, while government makes healthcare affordable to its citizens under the scheme, it also pays premium for the vulnerable,” he said.
The ceremony in Ejigbo was witnessed by the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin, Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, Speaker of the House of Assembly Dr. Najeem Salam, Head of Service Olowogboyega Oyebade, Chairman of APC in the state, Prince Gboyega Famodun, the Supervisor for Finance Mr, Bola Oyebamiji, and Supervisor for Works, Mr Remi Omowaiye, who extolled the governor for his commitment to the provision of infrastructure.
The traditional ruler urged the state government to site a School of Nursing in the premises of the hospital after its rehabilitation because that was the original plan when the town gave over 50 acres of land for the hospital project over 40 years ago.
The minister of health acknowledged the commitment of the Oyetola’s administration to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors in all sectors in a bid to register the name of the state on the map of development in the world. Adewole attributed the quick approval of the project vis-a-vis the participation of Osun in the Save One Million of Lives health project of the World Bank to the committed leadership of Governor Oyetola.