|Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro|
Towards accomplishing the mandate of delivering to the state, a robust, qualitative and affordable health care services, the State Specialist Hospital, Akure will be expanded to meet its mandate.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, made this statement while monitoring the State Specialist Hospital and Mother and Child Hospital, Akure on his first day of resumption.
He said with the overload on the health facility, it is becoming imperative to expand the state specialist hospital to meet the need of the catchment area.
A lot of facilities which have become obsolete, in his words, have to be replaced, building renovated and some rebuilt outrightly, gradually and systematically because of the current economic crunch.
He enjoined the health workers to make the best use of what they have, adjust to the situation of meeting the health needs of the state within the confines of the very limited and scarce resources available to the state while the government will also put the interest of the people at heart.
The commissioner commended the ingenuity and commitment of the health workers who were doing their jobs as they should despite the fact there was no prior notice of the visit.
Adegbenro said the health profession which is a humanitarian one should be treated thus as the best must be made of the bad situation in which they found themselves.
Corroborating the position of the commissioner, the Special Adviser to the Governor on health matters, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye, harped on the need to decongest the state specialist hospital, to enable it concentrate on major ailments that it is meant to handle.
He said that minor aliments will have to be referred to the primary health facilities as it should be, while the state specialist hospitals will have to attend to major issues and referrals to live up to its mandate.
Dr Adeyeye tasked the CMD to write comprehensive report that would be forwarded to the governor for necessary actions.
The CMD, state specialist hospital, Dr Moses Adewole, who took the commissioner and his entourage round the health facilities explained challenges which had served as impediments to effective and qualitative services ranging from inadequate and obsolete work tools, mobility issues, congestion, excessive workload, inadequate manpower, erratic power supply and exorbitant cost of providing alternative power among others.
He appealed to the commissioner and the adviser to give the state specialist hospital priority as it is the eye of the government because people seek medical attention there.
Adewole said the hospital has suffered neglect for a very long time thus the hospital has not been able to meet challenges before it as a state specialist hospital should.
The CMD, Mother and Child Hospital, Akure, Dr Adesina Akintan, who also took the team around the facilities also highlighted some challenges facing the hospital to include: high cost of fueling for power supply, lack of funds to carry out major repairs among others.