By Afusat Rasaq
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has expressed the willingness of his administration to go into partnership with the Federal Government and other stakeholders in order to ensure adequate delivery of health care services to the people.
Prince Abiodun made this known in Abeokuta, during the commissioning of the Muhammadu Buhari International Conference and Tele-Medicine Hall at the Federal Medical Center, Idi-Aba,
while noting that telemedicine would provide additional opportunities for the people to access medical-care, and that his administration would continue to support and partner with the Federal Medical Center and every other Medical Institution towards providing efficient and effective medi-care for the people.
The state helmsman who also disclosed that his administration would be willing to partner with other institutions in other sectors of the economy, added that his administration appreciated the place of partnership towards the success and continued implementation of the “Building our Future Together” Agenda of his administration.
Abiodun, while also calling on all Health Institutions in the State regardless of their ownership to strengthen their collaboration and synergy within themselves and the State Government, added that his administration would continue to put in place appropriate policies and programmes towards providing efficient and effective health-care for the people.
“Let me assure the Board, management and staff of FMC, Abeokuta that our Administration will continue to support and partner FMC and every other Medical Institution towards providing efficient and effective medi-care for our people,the same goes for every other Institution in the other sectors of the economy.
“We appreciate the place of partnership towards successful and continued implementation of the “Building our Future Together” Agenda in Ogun State, let me therefore call on all Health Institutions in Ogun State regardless of ownership, to strengthen their collaboration and synergy within themselves and with the State Government,” he said.
In his speech, President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed that his administration was currently embarking on the infrastructural development of all it’s tertiary hospitals so as to position them for quality health care delivery to the people.
He also disclosed that the National Health Insurance Scheme was awaiting a law that would make the scheme compulsory for every Nigerian.
“We are carrying on infrastructural development at all our tertiary hospitals to position them for quality health care delivery to all persons, the National Health Insurance Scheme is awaiting a new law to make health insurance mandatory,” he said.
Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Health also noted that his administration was passionate about health care delivery at the grassroot level, disclosing that his administration has redesigned the Primary Health Care Centers to operate for 24 hours daily.
“We are passionate about health care at the grassroot level and it is our policy to have one functional health care center in every ward of the country, We have redesigned the Primary Health Care Centers to no longer function as a dispensary that opens from 9am to 5pm, but as a center that is open 24hours a day,” he said.
The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan who was represented by the Senate Committee Chairman on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe noted that the bill on the establishment of the University of Medical Sciences, Abeokuta, would be passed by the Senate in April, adding that the Senate had been able to use the opportunity of the Covid19 to provide additional resources for Infrastructure.
“The bill on the University of Medical Sciences, Abeokuta, hopefully will be passed by the Senate in April, I want to assure this gathering that we are going to have the public hearing next week and the report will be ready for presentation to the Senate in April.
“We have been able to use the opportunity of the Covid19 to provide additional resources, particularly for infrastructure that will enable us if we have a pandemic such as Covid19 in the future to address it,” he said.
The Speaker, Federal House of Representative, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who disclosed that a lot still needed to be done to overcome the deficiency in the health sector for the Nigerian people, praised Abiodun for his giant strides in the rehabilitation of roads and health facilities while adding that overcoming the deficiency requires collaboration between government and the private sector.
“You used to be Mr Road, but you are now also Mr Health. We are noticing your efforts in Abuja”, the Speaker said.