Ogun To Use Quality Health Solutions To Drive Investments - Coker - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, January 17, 2020

Ogun To Use Quality Health Solutions To Drive Investments - Coker

From Ayobami Ife,

The Commissioner for Health in Ogun State, Dr. Tomi Coker, has disclosed that the heath sector would form part of the tools to be deployed to attract investors to the state.

Coker said that Governor Dapo Abiodun - led administration remains determined to provide solutions to health issues for residents and nonresidents in a way that will attract investors to the sector.

The Commissioner made this known while fielding questions from reporters in her office, saying  innovations would be brought to the fore, which will create economic empowerment and job opportunities for people.

She also said the State government would take training and continuous professional development of its healthcare workers very serious to ensure quality services delivery across the primary, secondary and tertiary tiers of the health sector.

The Commissioner revealed that renovation and equipping of Primary Health Centres across the 236 wards in the state would commence soon, assuring dding that residents of the Gateway State must have access to quality healthcare irrespective of location.

“The Governor Dapo Abiodun- led government will not take the provision of qualitative health service for granted. Our vision is to make Ogun the Health Tourist destination of choice, that will attract all and sundry; including investors. This will provide economic empowerment and job opportunities for residents.

“ The renovation and refurbishing of our health facilities will not leave out any tier. It will be across the board. We will also equip and staff these facilities adequately to ensure that the public are given the best service,”she said.

 Coker added that the Ogun State Health Insurance Scheme which comprises of two phases and is set to be launched soon to enable people in the formal and informal sectors to  collectively contribute into the scheme and  make healthcare services available to everybody.

She said the scheme would cover pregnant women and children up till age 5, including screening  for communicable and noncommunicable diseases.

According to her, the state has plans revitalise the Revolving Drug Fund which was established in 2019 to promote the bulk purchase of drugs from manufacturers through the Hospitals Management  Board to enable the  end users buy drugs at competitive prices.

The Central Medicine Store would ensure the quality of the supplies to avoid use of fake drugs.

The Health Commissioner pointed out that since Ogun State has the best life expectancy in Nigeria, the government will not relent in maintaining this status, emphasising that necessary measures would be taken to put the state amongst the best ranked in morbidity and mortality rates in the country.

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