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Towards achieving a functional and effective Primary Healthcare system that can respond to emergency in Ondo State, the state government has distributed Multi-million naira medical equipment to 300 Primary Healthcare facilities across the eighteen local government areas in the state.

The gesture was aimed at strengthening and enhance the diagnostic capacity of Primary Healthcare facilities in the state.

It would be recall that the first phase of distributed multi-million naira worth of medical and laboratory equipment to Primary Healthcare facilities was done in August last year by the state government.

Speaking, while inaugurating and distribution of the second phase of the medical Gadgets to 300 Primary Healthcare facilities in the state,the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, said the distribution of the medical equipment in phases to Primary Healthcare facilities, was part of his administration modest way of adding value and strengthening Primary Healthcare delivery in the state .

The Governor added that his administration understand the role of a healthy and virile primary healthcare system in reducing the indices of maternal and child mortality and morbidity, nothing that the medical equipment would go a long way at providing quality health services to the people at the grass roots.

Governor Akeredolu also said that the intervention was a demonstration of his political will to strategically rescue and restore life back to the basic health sector, which he said would guarantee quality and affordable health services for the residents of the state, especially pregnant women and children under five.

He disclosed that the equipment being inaugurated is in fulfillment of the Millennium Service Package pillar of the Primary Healthcare Under One Roof as well as a necessity at improving diagnostic and therapeutic capacity of the primary healthcare facilities.

The Governor pledged that his administration would not rest on its oars until all three categories of Primary Healthcare facilities in the state have basic medical equipment, necessary to enable it deliver on its mandate.

Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro said the distribution of equipment to Primary Healthcare facilities was one of the requirements of the State’s Save Our Children initiative ( Agbomola), which is targeted at reducing Peri-natal and Child Mortality and Morbidity in the state.

Dr. Adegbenro thanked the Governor for providing an enabling environment for the health sector, especially the Primary Healthcare arm which is closest to the grassroots.

He also placed on record his indebtedness to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for the regular operational support given to the Primary Healthcare Agency.

The equipment inaugurated 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

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of Primary Healthcare Agency in the state, Dr. Francis Akanbiemu said for the Primary Healthcare system to reduce Maternal and Child Mortality and Morbidity, treat commonly occurring diseases, operate within the five principles of the PHCs and address all its components,there was need for standard Laboratories and Basic Equipment to perform optimally.

Akanbiemu revealed that at the inception of the present administration, it was discovered that the state had made lots of health system development in the PHC but there was serious gaps in terms of basic equipment needed to achieve the vision of the Governor and also address the principles of PHC.

He added that the strategic distribution of Medical and Laboratory Equipment to the PHCs and the on going training and retraining of Health Workers are meant to address all gaps that were noticed as regards the principles primary healthcare and ensure that it becomes more sensitive and responsive to the healthcare needs of the people of the state.

The Executive Secretary explained that the first phase was targeted at equipping at least one PHC in one Local Government Area with a standard laboratory and other basic equipments needed to curtail Mother and Child Morbidity and Mortality as well as respond to emergencies to certain extent before referral where necessary.

The second phase was targeted at 300 PHCs out of the 576 in the state as this is more than half, though the eventual plan is to cover all,to make them functional and address all components of Primary Healthcare.

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