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The Ondo state government says more than 800 health workers have been employed to fill the gap in the state’s health sector over the past year.
Dr. Francis Akanbiemu, Permanent Secretary of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (OSPHCDA), disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on Sunday.
Akanbiemu explained that the health workers were recruited in 2021 to ensure efficient and quality service delivery at primary health care level.
The permanent secretary, who said the recruitment is reaching out to all sections of the medical profession, said recruited staff have been deployed to all health centers in the state.
According to him, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has demonstrated in words and actions that the health of the people of the state is a top priority.
“The governor has given a lot of attention to basic health services.
“He has stated in many forums that more than 70% of the population of Ondo State should have access to basic health services and for this he needs to strengthen primary health centers.
“That’s why the first thing he asked us to do when he arrived was to do a baseline assessment of the Primary Health Center (PHC) that would provide efficient and quality health service delivery to the most high level,” he told NAN.
Akanbiemu explained that after conducting a baseline assessment of PHC across the state, the governor made arrangements for well-equipped and standard labs at health centers in each of the state’s 18 local government areas. .
“The governor did not just give the instruction, he purchased equipment which was distributed to health centers in the 18 local government areas of the state with another in the local government area of ‘Akure South, which is the busy LGA.
“He didn’t stop there, he also said that these workers needed to be trained and we needed to liaise with the Association of Medical Science Laboratory of Nigeria, Ondo State Chapter, who brought in human resources from different health facilities and trained more than 200 laboratory technicians across the 18 local government areas on how to use the equipment.
“Since then, more laboratories have been built in order to provide an enabling environment because without a standard laboratory, the diagnosis would not be accurate.
“With a diagnosis, you’ve actually cured the person 60%,” Akanbiemu said.
According to him, the state government has also equipped the majority of basic health centers with vital equipment.
“The records are there. The Governor distributed the material twice. All equipment is of the highest quality in the world.
“In fact, most of the equipment he has distributed to our hospitals is the best in the world.
“Some equipment is intended to support newborns and it has been distributed to 300 health facilities across the state.
“The governor’s strategy is that in each local government area, at least one health center should be strengthened, but he was able to strengthen two in most cases.
“The government has also organized training in the use of these Ambu bags and brought in experts from Canada who have trained over 200 health workers,” he said.
He explained that the government’s objective was to ensure that primary health centers were attractive so that people would frequent them.
According to him, no less than 19 health centers have been fully renovated with one in each local government while two in Akure South local government due to population.
The permanent secretary said the government had also provided 212 incinerators to ensure proper waste management in health centers.