The Ondo State Government has distributed another set of Medical Equipment worth millions of naira to 300 PHC facilities in the State. The equipment were commissioned on Friday 29th March, 2019 by the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arákùnrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN.
The occasion, which was well attended by top government officials, civil servants and members of the general public, was described by the Governor as another milestone of deliberate investments of the State in the Primary Health Care sector.
Also, the Governor, in his remarks, reminded attendees at the event that similar equipment were distributed in August 2018 and that the commissioning he performed on Friday was the second phase, with many more phases in the pipeline.
You will recall that in August 2018, I commissioned some medical and laboratory equipment worth millions of naira for use at the primary healthcare level of health service delivery. I mentioned clearly then that it was the first phase of such deliberate investments. Today, fellow patriots, marks the second phase. By the grace of God, many more phases are in the pipeline, until the primary healthcare system of Ondo State becomes a reference point in qualitative maternal, neonatal and child health services in Nigeria.
The Governor further said that more medical equipment worth millions of naira had been procured and were being expected at the Port. He promised that some of the equipment Ondo State was awaiting its delivery would also be distributed to primary health care facilities in the State. He reiterated that the scarce resources of Ondo State were being put to use where they were most valuable.
In his own remarks, the Honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro said the event “marks the continuation of the doggedness” of Ondo State government in reducing the incidence of childhood and maternal mortality in Ondo State.
Furthermore, he told the audience that the State Governor had given approval to change the name of Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board to Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agenc (OSPHCDA). This he described as an important step in making the state poised to benefit from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund of the Government of Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of OSPHCDA, Dr. Francis Adegoke Akanbiemu, said the equipment procured were basic and necessary equipment for a vibrant and functional Primary Health Care (PHC) . He said he remained focus to change the face of PHC in Ondo State.
The equipment procured and distributed at the event included 300 units of children ambu-bag, 60 units adult ambu-bag, 300 units each of baby weighing scale, blood pressure apparatus and
stethoscopes, 301 units of angle poise examination lamps, 18 units of anti-shock garment and
60 units of penguin suction device.
Expectedly, reactions have been trailing the state goverment’s interventions at PHC level. One of such came from the Acting Chairman, Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria (AMOHN), Ondo State Chapter, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Adewale, who expressed profound appreciation to the Ondo State Governor and the Executive Secretary of OSPHCDA for their gesture. His words:
The Association of Medical Officers of Health of Nigeria (AMOHN), Ondo State Chapter, appreciates our dear Governor and the indefatigable Executive Secretary for coming to the aid of the PHC Facilities in the State in meeting the requirements of basic equipment. This shall contribute immensely in the match towards accessing the Basic Health Care Development Provision Fund.
Thank you so much Sirs.
It is noteworthy to mention that the Governor also said in his speech that the distribution of the equipment incidentally coincided with the the planned conduct of nationwide health facility assessment survey by the federal ministry of health. According to the Governor, the outcome of the survey shall be very crucial in benefiting from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund of the Government of Nigeria.