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Towards an Efficient Health Care Delivery System in Ondo State

By: Administrator Date: 27-11-2015

In a bid to further strengthen the health care delivery system in Ondo State and put in place efficient and responsive processes that can address the health care needs of all inhabitants across its nooks and crannies, a team from the State Ministry of Health paid unscheduled supervisory visits to some health facilities in the Central Senatorial District of the State.

Having conducted similar visits to some health facilities in the Northern Senatorial District earlier, the State Commissioner for Health Dr. Dayo Adeyanju again led other top management of the Ministry comprising the Permanent Secretary Dr. Taye Oni and all the Directors to the State Specialist Hospital, Akure and the Comprehensive Health Centre in Arakale, Akure.

The visit saw Dr. Adeyanju, the Permanent Secretary and all the Directors with their various Heads of Units from the Ministry simultaneously visiting the different Departments and Units in the visited health facilities to assess the number of personnel on ground, the infrastructure, the equipment and to have a first-hand experience of the quality of service being rendered.

The visit equally afforded members of the team opportunity to interface with patients to ask about to their individual experiences and general perception about the quality of service offered at the facilities.

Speaking at a meeting of the team with the management of the health facilities after the inspection, State Commissioner for Health Dr. Dayo Adeyanju expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done by members of the visiting team.

He however called on the management of the facilities to quickly come up with strategies for addressing those identified challenges that are within their powers and resources to handle, while Government handles the rest through the Ministry and other relevant agencies.

In his response, the Chief Medical Director, State Specialist Hospital Akure, Dr. Koledoye thanked the team for coming and appealed for increased Government support, he then promised to effect corrections where necessary as noted by the team.

Speaking with newsmen after the visit, Dr. Adeyanju said "we noted quite frankly that there are issues with personnel, largely because of the increased patronage of public health facilities and uptake of services being rendered, while we work on getting more hands, we shall to continue to give orientation to those presently in the system in terms of capacity building.

On Infrastructure, Dr. Adeyanju said Government will pay major attention to the upgrading and complete renovation of all secondary health care facilities in order to reposition them to offer qualitative services. He said the present Comprehensive Health Centre in Arakale will soon give way for an ultra-modern Primary Health Care Centre.

On the environment, as a Government we appreciate the contributions of a clean and well-kept environment to the healing process, that is why we will continue to work to make our hospitals and maternity centres beautiful places to behold.

"There is no reason why hospitals must be dejected places, they must be very friendly, hotels should not be better than hospitals in terms of ambience because the environment truly helps in the healing process, that is why we have to make them very friendly in terms of colours and even dresses for our health workers. The Mimiko administration is in fact poised to replicate the innovations in the Medical Village in all our secondary health care facilities".

Adeyanju said "we have shared the lapses noticed with the management and we expect that they will be able to make corrections where necessary and those challenges that are beyond them but which are within the purview of the ministry will be addressed at the level of the Ministry."

Meanwhile, a call has gone to casket manufacturers and operators of hearse services to move away from the vicinity of all hospitals across the state.

In making the call Adeyanju said "we do not want a situation where those coming in to our hospitals for healing are welcomed with caskets and hearse service operators, this for us is intolerable because it is psychologically damaging and impacts negatively on the healing process".


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