Towards bringing quality and affordable healthcare to the door steps of its citizenry and achieve Universal Health Coverage, the Ondo State Government says it is priotising Primary Healthcare.
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, gave stated this at a meeting with Polio Task Force in Akure.
Governor Akeredolu said in demonstration of the pivotal position accorded Primary Healthcare, the state government is doing all within the limited resources available to the state to revitalise and invigorate Primary healthcare system in the state.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi added that the commitment of the government to pay attention to health care delivery to the people of the state.
He noted that the state government recently distributed Medical and Laboratory equipments to 300 Primary Healthcare facilities in the state.
The Governor also disclosed that 18 Primary Healthcare facilities across the 18 Local Government Areas of the state will be renovated and equipped to meet the Minimum Service Package standard.
Responding to the feedback report on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunisation presented by the WHO, the Governor said the state is not doing badly but there is need to scale up the progress and not rest on its oars until it has succeeded in preventing the painful death of children that can occur through vaccine preventable diseases.
The Governor also stressed the need for immunization of children in the state, saying the state is partnering the State Oil producing Areas Commission ( OSOPADEC ) to help in transporting Health Workers in the riverine area so that children in that area can be immunised.
He, therefore, promised to ensure adequate security is provided for the state, noting that criminals will find the state unconducive so that health workers will be free to do their work and children in some areas facing security challenges can be reached for immunisation.
The Governor also used the forum to commend all stakeholders in the project for their doggedness in ensuring that the state is polio free and routine immunisation is improved, this he said has resulted in the rating of the State as the best in Southern Nigeria while charging them to work harder.
In his feedback report on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunisation, the WHO State Coordinator, Dr Akinola Fatiregun who reviewed the performance of each Local Government Area in routine immunisation concluded that there is improvement as the State moved from 71% last quarter to 79% this quarter.
The WHO State Cordinator who was represented by Mr Opeyemi Ekun said the Taskforce meeting was meant to find out how States have performed in terms of the Abuja Commitment, the involment of the Governor, Local Government Chairmen and other stakeholders in routine immunisation.
Mr Ekundayo spelt out the roles of stakeholders,how they have performed and how they can improve.
He implored the local government Chairmen to spearhead activities of routine immunisation and the ward development committee to always hold monthly task force meeting.
Speaking Earlier, the Commissioner for Health, Dr.Wahab Adegbenro welcomed members and reminded them that membership of the Task Force is a clarion call to save the lives of under 5 children in the State.
Dr. Adegbenro said the meeting was to appraise activities, performance, applaud positive feedback, take seriously drawbacks and map out strategies for improvement until every child under a year has been immunised.
The Executive Secretary, Ondo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Francis Akanbiemu appreciated the government for the political will and conducive environment the health sector had enjoyed.
He also placed on record his indebtedness to all stakeholders for making it possible for the state to achieve desired target.
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