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  • Vision & Mission
  • State Health Agenda


The Ministry of Health came into being in April, 1976 as a consequence of the creation of Ondo State in February of the same year from the defunct Western State of Nigeria.

Within the framework of the defunct Western State Health Management Board System which came into force by Edict 12 of 1975 and which commenced on 1st July, 1975, the newly created geo-political block inherited the Akure and Ekiti Health


Zones, but for various reasons, it was not realistic to establish the new Ministry on the Health Management Board System.

Hence, all health administration and management functions of the new State had to be carried out largely through the Ministry of Health.

On creation, the Ministry inherited from the defunct Western State:

i. 2 State Hospitals at Akure and Ado-Ekiti respectively;
ii. 4 General Hospitals at Ondo, Okitipupa, Ikare and Ido-Ekiti respectively;
iii. 6 District Hospitals at Ikere, Aiyede, Ikole, Iyin, Ijero and Ijan respectively;
iv. 2 Health Centres at Araromi-Obu and Aramoko respectively;
v. Health Offices located all over the State which were tenants of Local Governments, except
  in Akure. The Akure Office then served as the Ministry’s temporary headquarters.

As these were clearly inadequate, the Ministry immediately began work on the improvement of existing facilities and provision of new ones.

As with other Ministries, the political head of the Ministry of Health is the Commissioner, the first being Chief (Mrs) Adebola Adesida, while the Permanent Secretary as the Chief Executive is the Ministry’s Accounting Officer, the first being Chief Barnabas Kolawole.

Organized at inception into eight divisions, namely:

i. Administration and General
ii. Finance and Establishments
iii. Curative
iv. Preventive
v. Dental
vi. Pharmacy
vii. Nursing and
viii. Training Institutions
The Ministry is today organized into six departments/directorates, namely:
i. Finance and Administration
ii. Nursing Services
iii. Pharmaceutical Services
iv. Hospital Services
v. Public Health
vi. Planning, Research and Statistics


Over the years and under successive administrations, the Ministry has evolved to become the driving force of the comprehensive health policy and robust health reform agenda of government.

Today, the policy focus is to guide stakeholders in health to actualize the provision of affordable and qualitative health care for all citizens of Ondo State, to be accomplished through strategies emplaced in the 12-point developmental programmes of this administration tagged “A CARING HEART”.





"To reduce the burden of diseases on the people to enable them live an economic and socially productive life; meet national targets on the elimination and eradication of diseases; and significantly increase the life expectancy and quality of life of the citizen".


Mission Statement


"To put in place appropriate policies and programmes under a transparent and honest leadership to be able to strengthen the health system to ensure affordable and qualitative health care for all citizens of Ondo State".



The broad objective of Ondo State Health Policy is to develop a sustainable and equitable health services that will guarantee universal access to good and affordable health services for all the people in the state.

The policy seeks to ensure high quality care which will lead to improved living conditions among the people of Ondo State such that they can access affordable and quality health care where they live, work and play.


The specific objectives include the following:


  1. Providing, within available resources, a level of health care for all citizens to enable them achieve and enjoy socially and economically productive lives.
  2. Establishing a comprehensive and integrated health care system, founded on primary health care encompassing promotive, protective, preventive, restorative and rehabilitative health care.


The above shall be achieved through:


  1. Enlightenment in respect of prevailing health problems and the methods of preventing, controlling and managing them with community partnerships;
  2. Promotion of food supply and proper nutrition;
  3. Adequate supply of portable water and basic sanitation;
  4. Maternal and child health care including family planning which includes: a. Preventing unwanted pregnancies; b. Securing desired pregnancies; c. Spacing of pregnancies: and d. Limiting the size of the family in the interest of the family and socio-economic status using methods compatible with the culture and religious beliefs of the people.
  5. Immunization against the major infectious diseases;
  6. Prevention and control of locally endemic and epidemic diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria;
  7. Appropriate treatment of common diseases and injuries;
  8. Provision of essential drugs and medical supplies; and
  9. Emplacement of a sustainable and objective system performance monitoring and evaluation.




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