Ondo State Government has assured that it would consolidate on the achievements recorded in the health sector and leave an enduring legacy for the next government.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju who gave the assurance while briefing journalists on the activities of the Ministry last year said their will be a legislative backing in all the programmes in the sector.
According to him, the various programmes initiated by the present government which have received accolades and Awards both locally and internationally are sustainable as they have communities support, network and connected to international bodies while it would also have legislative backing to make them stand the test of time.
He affirmed that in the last seven years of the government it had ensured that people have access to quality health care through various programmes of the government.
His words: “We have been able to sustained and record success in all the programmes. The Abiye Motherhood programmes which metamorphoised into Agbebiye was successfully scaled up to the entire eighteen local government of the state.
“ As we speak today, we have registered more than 5,000 traditional and mission home birth attendants known as Agbebiye who have refereed over 6,600 pregnant women to deliver at various health facilities across the state.
Many of them have benefited from the state micro credit loan as a way of empowering them after training them in various vocations, they are now well established and the state government is equally patronising their products
“This has drastically reduced maternal and child mortalities by over 78 percent while skilled deliveries have increased to 89.9 percent, therefore when this is sustained, the slogan of the state government which is pregnancy will no longer be a death sentence in the state will be a reality.
Adeyanju posited that the routine immunisation programme known as Orirewa and also family planning is waxing stronger which has made the state to received Bill and Melinda Gate Awards twice on immunisation.
The Commissioner who said no fewer than 400 health personnel were employed last year noted that about 800 health workers were also promoted in the Secondary Health Care alone in the year, including renovations of health facilities across the state.
He informed that over 50,000 deliveries have taken place in the Mother and Child Hospitals which has now been accredited for obstetric and gynecology residency training.
Adeyanju stressed that through proper strengthen and getting the structure right, 80 percent of deliveries are now been carried out at the primary health care level in the state as attested to by the World Bank.
The Trauma and Surgical Centre he noted has brought succor to more than 6,000 patients with serious injuries and surgical, condition while over 2,000 surgeries have been done including brain surgeries noting that the centres burnes unit is the first of its kind in the country.
The Commissioner stated further that the centre has commenced residency training on orthopaedic and general surgery while the state government is expecting approval letter training on radiology and anesthesia to make it a full fledge postgraduate teaching hospital.
He said the state medical university will commence academic activities in January while the Medical village will also be commissioned.
Adeyanju said the State School of Nursing and School of Health Technology have also received adequate attention with the construction of more hostels and laboratories with equipments to make teaching and learning conducive.
The Emergency and Medical Service EMS established by the government has reserved many accidents and crashes victims while the EMS has also been linked with the Agbebiye programme to ensure prompt attention to community pregnancy delivery emergences while the Kidney Centre has been offering quality health services to patients with kidney diseases at affordable costs.
He mentioned that the state government last year also inaugurated logistic management support and state taskforce in counterfeit and fake drugs and utilised the trusean felt drugs on the spot, including the establishment of Youth and Adolescent Centre among other programmes too numerous to mention.
The commissioner assured that all hands will continue to be on deck to take the state to the next level.
Source: Hope Newspaper