By Gbenge Olarinoye
OSOGBO— GOVERNOR Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, yesterday, declared that healthcare facilities will be guaranteed in all communities in Osun State from middle of the year.
Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, who corroborated this, said the steps being taking by the governor to improve on healthcare is the first in the Southwest which he hoped “other states will soon emulate.”
They spoke at the flag off of the massive revitalisation of nine General hospitals/Comprehensive Health Centres and 332 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in Osogbo, the state capital.
Last month, Governor Gboyega Oyetoala, flagged off work on the rehabilitation and equipping of the Ejigbo and Ifetedo General Hospitals.
Yesterday’s ceremony to symbolise commencement of work on the first batch of 150 PHC was witnessed by traditional rulers, political leaders and people from diverse background.
On completion, each of the 332 wards in the state will have a functional, well-equipped primary healthcare centre available to treat people.
He said: “There will be no need to be going to the General hospital to treat malaria and common aliment,” Governor Oyetola told the enthusiastic crowd at the ceremony.
“This administration has deliberately decided to take quality and equitable healthcare delivery to the grassroots.
“We have instituted the Osun Health Insurance Scheme to complement the state’s health architecture just as our government makes healthcare affordable to its citizens under the scheme and pays premium for the highly vulnerable.”