Massive investment in health sector paid off – Amosun
The Ogun state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has said that investments and interventions in primary health care since the inception of his administration in 2011, had resulted in remarkable improvement in the health indicators of the citizenry, saying, the state had remained polio free since 2009.
Amosun who made this known at the presentation of 2019 Appropriation Bill tagged: “Budget of Enduring Legacy”, held at the State House of Assembly in Abeokuta, disclosed that the confirmation was made by the Independent and globally accepted health surveys.
“Since 2011, our investments and interventions have resulted in a remarkable improvement in the health indicators of the good people of Ogun State and this has been confirmed by independent and globally accepted health surveys,” “Malaria is a major public health disease in Nigeria and the most common cause of Maternal and Under Five death. Working with our development Partners.
“Our Government distributed 2.6 million Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) in 2014 and additional 3.3 million treated nets in April, 2018. We have distributed several hundreds of thousands of highly effective ACTs for the treatment of Malaria through our Primary Health Centres,” Amosun said.
He noted further that about 500 basic medical equipment were distributed across the Local Government Areas of the State, while the less privileged also benefited from the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme, tagged Araya.
Amosun however assured that provision had been made in the new appropriation bill to accommodate more improvement in the health sector, adding that the 250 Bedded Specialist Hospital, which was under construction would be completed with recruitment of additional staff.
He also posited that apart from training of medical workers to enhance productivity, at least one primary health care centre would be renovated across the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state, affirming that one General Hospital Per each Senatorial district would also be elevated to world standard.
“At least one more PHC Centre will be renovated and equipped in all our LGAs and LCDAs in 2019. To serve as the critical hub for referrals from the PHC centres, our General Hospitals in each of the Federal Constituencies would receive needed attention, in terms of infrastructure and equipment,” He stated