Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has reiterated his administration's commitment to functional and qualitative health care delivery in the state.
Akeredolu made the assertion in his keynote address at the Ondo State Health Summit held at the International Culture and Event Centre(The Dome), Igbatoro Road, Akure today.
The Governor said since its inception, his administration has been addressing the issue of the dearth of infrastructures in health facilities in the state through the provision of necessary infrastructures.
Akeredolu noted that his government has taken the University of Medical Science (UNIMED), Ondo to the next level as it has established two fully equipped teaching hospitals in both Akure and Ondo for the University to serve as tertiary health care providing facilities and training facilities.
The Governor averred that his administration has also ensured full accreditation of all courses in UNIMED.
While describing the health summit with the theme"Strengthening the Health System In A Changing World" as an important gathering of stakeholders in the health sector, Akeredolu expressed optimism that deliberations at the summit would further broaden the minds of stakeholders on the realities in the health system.
He charged health workers to change all attitudinal behaviors that have constituted threats to effective health care delivery.
Akeredolu said his administration will continue to encourage all health practitioners urging stakeholders in the health sector to always embrace synergy while discharging their duties.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Pharmacist(Mrs.)Foluke Aladenola averred that the summit was organized to set the stage for stakeholders to discuss the challenges and issues mitigating against qualitative health care service delivery and come up with useful suggestions and probable solutions.
Aladenola said the summit intends to tap into the experiences of eggheads and experts in the medical profession, policymakers, technocrats, and critical stakeholders in the health sector towards updating the state's health policy.
The Permanent Secretary said participants at the summit will equally leverage it to discuss developing the needed synergy among the different components
of the health sector.
Aladenola appreciated the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for his Midas touch in the state's health sector noting that the governor's positive impacts in the sector have resulted in unprecedented feats and accomplishments in transforming the sector.
"A cursory assessment of the state's health sector at the inception of the present administration and where we are today reveals that we have indeed made tremendous progress.
"It is, therefore, our considered view and conviction that, at the end of the summit, we would have been better placed to take the State Health Sector to the next level in achieving our goals under the REDEEMED Agenda as well as the global Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)", Aladenola stressed.
Delivering the keynote paper titled "Strategic Options For Strengthening Health Systems ", the Keynote Speaker and Professor of Public Health at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Professor Akin Osibogun described a strengthened health system as one that has capacity, effectiveness, and resilience.
According to him, the health sector deserves every attention because, without it, development is almost impossible and totally meaningless.
Osibogun averred that for any nation or state to make geometric economic progress, it must make bold investments in health adding that health services make a lot of impacts on individuals' health status.
"Another very important argument for investing in health is the threat that diseases and epidemics can pose to human existence. The United Nations have now recognized health as a security concern. In the Year 2000, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1308 for the first time, dealt with a health issue as a security concern",Osibogun said.