The Osun State Government, on Thursday, started the rehabilitation and revitalisation of hospitals and primary healthcare centres across the state.
The formal ceremony was held in Ejigbo, the headquarters of Ejigbo Local Government, where close to N300m would be spent on medical equipment, drugs and doctors’ quarters to turn around the Ejigbo General Hospital.
The 3.2 kilometres road from the city centre to the University of Osun Ejigbo Campus in the town, passing through the hospital gate, would also be rehabilitated, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr Adeniyi Adesina, on Thursday.
Adesina added that the government would also provide medical personnel, water, quarters for medical officers while the landscaping of the hospital would also be done.
He quoted Governor Gboyega Oyetola as saying, “The Ejigbo General Hospital will not only be rehabilitated but will also be upgraded and fully revitalised. It will have full complement of state-of-the-art equipment, new children’s ward and medical personnel quarters. The contractor has been given a three-month deadline to deliver the project.”
The governor said the government remained resolute in improving the health of citizens so that they could contribute productively to the socio-economic development of the state.
Oyetola said, “Because quality healthcare is one of the cardinal programmes of our All Progressives Congress-led administration, considerable efforts have been made since the party came into power to prioritise the health of the people.”
The governor added, “The state boasts of 57 secondary and 876 primary healthcare facilities, out of which 323 are focal facilities that will implement the Basic Health Care Provision Fund. This translates to one functional primary health care per ward.”
He commended former governor Rauf Aregbesola for spending N1.8bn on renovation, rehabilitation and upgrading of nine hospitals.
Earlier, the Elejigbo of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin, had urged the state government to site a school of nursing on the premises of the hospital after its rehabilitation.
This request, he said, was the original plan for the hospital, adding that it was for this reason the town gave the government over 50 acres of land for the health facility project over 40 years ago.
Also, the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, acknowledged the governor’s commitment to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors in all sectors.