….presents 18-seater bus to CHC
.. reiterates commitment to achieving Universal Health Coverage in Ondo
The Ondo State First Lady, Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu today flagged off distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs), to pregnant women and children under five years old to commemorate the 100days in office of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, for the second term.
At the event held at the premises of the state Ministry of Health, Akure, the wife of the governor, also coordinated the handing over of a 18-seater bus to the State Contributory Health Commission and also the distribution of health commodities to all facilities to protect health workers against COVID-19.
In her address, Mrs Akeredolu who highlighted the achievements of the current administration in health sector within 100 days in Office, reiterated the commitment of the governor towards effective healthcare delivery for the people of the state, and to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
According to her, in spite of insecurity and economic challenges confronting Nigeria, the level of achievements recorded in the health sector within the 100 days in Office of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, are encouraging indicators of the immense possibilities ahead.
The Ondo First Lady revealed the intention of the Akeredolu-led Government to soon kick-start the Ondo State Drugs and Health Commodities’ Management Agency for improved accountability and transparency in the supply chain management of drugs and health commodities in health facilities.
She hinted that Governor Akeredolu was committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage in Ondo State, noting that “the health care policies over the remaining years of this administration shall focus on the trio of communicable, non-communicable and emerging public health disease burdens of our people”.
She, therefore, informed the gathering about the soon-to-happen State Health Summit, where the plans to achieve the Universal Health Coverage for Ondo State people would be discussed.
” Through the sustainable healthcare financing model of health insurance provided by the Ondo State Contributory Health Scheme, the Government is poised to expand health care coverage from the 15,100 beneficiaries’ coverage of Abiyamo scheme and 20,533 enrollees under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund programme to include about 49,400 workforce of the public service and at least 10% of the informal sector of our dear state over the next two years”, says the First Lady.
Some of the achievements of the administration within the last 100 days under the REDEEMED agenda in the health sector of Ondo State as highlighted by Her Excellency included;
“Procurement of an 18-seater bus by the State Ministry of Health for the use of Ondo State Contributory Health Commission to optimize advocacy and supervisory activities for the state health insurance scheme. Procurement of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) to be distributed to pregnant women and under-5 Children in the State.
“Government has enrolled 20,533 vulnerable beneficiaries under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund Programme (BHCPFP) who shall begin to receive free healthcare at 203 accredited primary health care facilities (1 per 203 wards) by 1st July, 2021.
“Completion of the School of Public Health, Centre for Herbal Medicine & Drug Production; and a first-of-its-kind Molecular Biology Laboratory, Centre for Molecular Biosciences & Medical Genomics at the University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo to strengthen our public health system.
“Recruitment of 629 primary health care workers (doctors, Community health workers, nurses, scientific officers etc.) in its resolve to curb COVID-19 spread and also improve health service delivery respectively.
“With the US Embassy Consular General and Country Director of Centre for Disease Control in attendance, the government successfully launched the HIV Treatment Surge. This will bring the number of clients on treatment from over 12,000 to over 29,000 by September 30, 2021 and ensure that all HIV positive clients are linked to HIV treatment and care.
“At the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, government recently facilitated the acquisition of a Modernized Akindayomi-Adeboye Intensive Care unit with haemodialysis unit; a comprehensive cardiac unit with hi-sense echo; and also a radio-diagnostic unit under the, His-Love Foundation, all in a bid to standardize the provision of diagnostic and treatment services expected of a tertiary health institution.
” It also recently completed the renovation of a Medical Pathology laboratory building within the Ondo Complex. The implementation of breast and cervical cancer early detection strategies have also begun in our dear State.
The Founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, BRECAN, also noted that between 2019 and 2020 in Ondo State, infant mortality rate reduced from 9.6 to 2.4; under-5 mortality rate dropped from 13.4 to 2.4; Contraceptive Prevalence Rate increased from 9.3% to 10.5%; while HIV test positive rate decreased from 2.5% to 2.1%.
“Percentage of under-5 children receiving Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets increased from 57.2% to 58.9%; and Penta-3 vaccine coverage also went up from 70.5% to 78.4%”, she added.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Pharm(Mrs) F.B Aladenola, had described the event as another testimony of the commitment of the Akeredolu-led administration to healthcare development.
She said: “This administration has indeed prioritised the health and well-being of the people of Ondo State through various initiatives; all these initiatives have registered Ondo State at the forefront among states taking Health Care serious”.
The Permanent Secretary explained that the move to hand over the 18-seater bus was to enhance the activities of the Contributory Health Commission which was set up by Governor Akeredolu for the purpose of enhancing universal health coverage without financial embarrassment to beneficiaries.
She disclosed that registration into the Abiyamo scheme of the Ondo State Contributory Health Commission is also ongoing; while commending the wife of the governor, Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu for her impactful, creative and invaluable complementary role in the health sector through some of her advocacy programmes, and support for the governor to actualise his vision.
In his goodwill message, a Consultant to the state government on Health and Insurance, Dr. Funso Ani, stated that about 1,000 free Cesarean Sections were carried out in the state within the period the scheme started.
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June 10th, 2021