By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ogun State House of Assembly through its Committee on Health led by Hon. Adegoke Adeyanju, has lauded Governor Dapo Abiodun for declaring the state of emergency in the health sector and for commencing the recruitment of health personnel in the sector to ensure better health service delivery to the people.
Adeyanju gave the commendation while leading other members of the Committee to appraise the 2019 Budget performance of the State Ministry of Health, Hospital Management Board, State Agency for the Control of AIDS (OGSACA).
He stated that the current administration had been living up to its promise on fairness, equity and justice to all parts of the State in the delivery of democratic dividends, pointing out the need to further equip the health care facilities in the State to meet the needs of the people.
It will be recalled that, Gov Abiodun through his various interventions in the health sector recently refurbished Ilaro and State hospital at Ijaye equipping them with modern medical equipment while the governor has also rolled out mass recruitment of health workers particularly for Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, (OOUTH) Sagamu, among others.
The Chairman of the committee in company of other lawmakers such as Hon Atinuke Bello, Hon Latifat Ajayi, Hon. Yusuf Amosun and Hon. Haruna Wahab, challenged the management of the Ministry of Health and Hospital Management Board and other health related agencies to redouble their efforts to complement government effort at strengthening the sector in the state.
Earlier in his presentation, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Adesanya Ayinde said during the period under review, the Ministry embarked on scale up community based health insurance scheme in all Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the State.
He added that emergency drugs were provided for all patients and accident victims in all parts of the State, while his counterpart in the State Hospital Management Board, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro said that over N1.38bn was paid as salaries and allowances during the period.