As part of activities marking the 15th Coronation Anniversary of the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, a Round Table Dialogue between Health Professionals Government Agencies and the general public.
The Dialogue according the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, was to ensure that health experts and the other stakeholders, the Government and members of the larger community, directly discuss and exchange views on health issues, with a view to coming together to providing solutions on healthcare delivery to the Egba people.
Declaring open the Dialogue, the Alake noted that Egbaland was fortunate to have the first formal hospital in Nigeria, Sacred Heart Hospital, founded by Reverend father Coquard, in Itesi, Abeokuta on 1890s and Abeokuta Maternity Centre in Ijemo.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo urged all participants to intensively and extensively discuss all issues at stake in order to arrive at enduring solutions.
This initiative, as part of the philanthropic programmes of the Alake Adedotun Gbadebo Health Initiative, was also supported and facilitated by Wellness Africa Foundation, which also believed in the idea that, a roundtable dialogue on Strengthening Egbaland’s Community Healthcare System, would go a long way inner making Egba Nation, self sufficient in healthcare delivery.
The Guest Speaker, Prof (Dr) Adewale Musa Olomu, the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, said that the Alake of Egbaland was someone that was very mindful of the wellbeing of the Egba people.
Prof Musa-Olomu further called on health experts to have an extensive dialogue with the representatives of the people on the current situation of the Healthcare systems in Egbaland and the way forward.
Professor Musa Olomu also disclosed that his team had gone round all the 20 Local Government areas of Ogun State and had conducted an extensive research to assist them in knowing the main areas of their mission to improve the Egba Healthcare System.
According to FMC boss, there were no adequate medical facilities in most Local Government Areas of the State adding that this problem could only be solved if all stakeholders agreed to involve themselves in creation of proper healthcare systems in the Nation.
Speaking also at the occasion,, Dr Timi Coker, the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, noted that the Ogun State Government had already put in place some programmes to eradicate factors leading to poor healthcare system in the State.
Dr Tomi Coker also said that the government appreciated the exquisite initiative of His Majesty, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, and were willing to work with like minds in order to achieve the desired goal of a better and improved healthcare system.
The Ogun Health Commissioner also disclosed that the major challenge of having a functional healthcare system was finance, adding that adequate healthcare insurance programmes would be brought up in the future to conquer this challenge.
Dr Coker added that the existing Primary Healthcare centres in the State should be developed and well equipped before creation of new ones.
She also urged the elderly people present that they should endeavour to always seek medical attention from health professionals rather than engaging in self treatment.
Chief (Mrs) Tejumade Bakre, the GbegbaAje of Egbaland, when speaking at the occasion, noted that some Primary Hospitals, particular Obantoko, Gbonagun and Camp areas of Abeokuta were not functional, despite the massive population of those areas,
She pleaded that the government should find a solution to that problem.
A lot of dignitaries and professionals in Egbaland also contributed suggestions and solutions at the occasion, including a Prof of Medical Surgery a d Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Prof Adewale Musa Olomu,, also urged the government to work in tandem with the closest entity to the citizens so as to know the real problems and proffer adequate solutions to them.
The spouse of the State Governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun, represented by Ogun State House of Assembly Speaker, Mrs Oluomo, commended the synergy between the Government, private initiatives and the Alake Foundation for positive efforts to make live better for the masses.
Declaring the Mantra open, the former Provost of the Aro Psychiatric Hospital, Mrs Adamson, said the initiatives the Alake and other stakeholders would make healthcare delivery affordable and available all the adding that, the masses stand to gain a lot from the system.
Egba High Chiefs present during the occasion included the Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland, Chief Layi Labode, the GbegbaAje of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Tejumade Bakre, the Otun Iyaloja of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs) Kemi Oloyede, Chief Lanre Adebo, Bobagbero, Olori Parakoyi Kashimawo Laloko and markets men and women as well as others, were at the occasion.