OYO State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has assured that an improved primary healthcare service was his government’s priority, urging stakeholders to come up with sustainable workable plans to ensure this.
Ajimobi, speaking through his Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan, made this known at Oyo town, on Wednesday, during a day retreat for stakeholders on the passage of the bill for the establishment of State Primary Health Care Agency in Oyo State.
The governor emphasised the commitment of his government to ensuring better health services to all citizens of the state.
He declared that the passage of the bill would ensure the integration of all primary health care services been delivered under a single management body, with adequate capacity to coordinate services and resources.
According to him, “this is a domestication of an act done at the national level to bring healthcare delivery at the primary level to all nook and crannies of the state. Its benefits are tremendous.
“Before January, the agency will become very functional and most of the activities would be done by insurance for different socio economic strata.”
Deputy Speaker of the House, Musa Adbulwasiu, who said the bill had been pending for two and half months before the Assembly, declared that “the bill’s focus is on making healthcare available to the people, especially at the grassroots level.”
Dr Emmanuel Abanida, Executive Secretary, HEFRON, said the need to have a coordinating mechanism for PHC in every state cannot be over-emphasised.