By Dayo Johnson, Akure
Medical equipment worth millions of Naira has been distributed by Ondo State government to 300 Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) across the state.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, during the distribution, said it was his administration’s modest way of adding value and strengthening primary healthcare delivery in the state.
According to him, his administration “is revitalising the primary healthcare system which hitherto was seen as unfit because of its lack of modern tools and equipment and is fast shedding its obsolete toga for a refreshing and revitalised one”.
The intervention, the governor said, was “a demonstration of political will to strategically rescue and consciously restore hope to the health sector and guarantee good health for residents, especially pregnant women and children under five.
The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, said the distribution of equipment to primary healthcare facilities was one of the requirements of the state’s Save Our Children initiative (Agbomola) targeted at reducing perinatal and child mortality and morbidity.
The Executive Secretary of the Primary Healthcare Agency, Dr Francis Akanbiemu, said for the primary healthcare system to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity, treat commonly occurring diseases, operate within the five principles of the PHCs and address all its components, there was need for standard laboratories and basic equipments to perform optimally.