Ogun Government has called on stakeholders in the health sector to continuously synergise towards improving the quality of clinical services and ensure high standard in health care delivery to the citizenry.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, made the call in Abeokuta, while delivering a keynote address at a retreat, organized for top health management team in the State, to chart a way forward for the sector.
According to her, making healthcare affordable without financial hardship, reducing the indices of maternal and infant mortality, as well as ensuring functional primary healthcare clinics in all the wards across the State, were parts of the Dapo Abiodun led administration’s vision, to make Ogun, the destination for health tourism.
“Everyone should be accountable for ensuring high standards of patients’ care by creating a facilitative environment in which excellence will flourish”, Coker said.
Speaking at the technical session, Dr. Coker enjoined participants to brainstorm on initiatives that would make the Governor’s vision achievable, adding that those initiatives should be prioritized and categorized into either, high impacts with low effects or high impacts with high effects, with possible delivery dates.
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She said State Government would be looking in the direction of Public Private Partnership to accomplish the sector’s goals, adding that agreements were not to be undertaken without proper supervision, to ensure its sustainability.
Contributing, the Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro, lauded the Commissioner for convening the retreat to chart a new course for the sector, assuring of the support and cooperation of workers to make government’s vision achievable.
In their remarks, participants at the retreat appreciated government for the programme, submitting that its vision would be efficiently achieved with immediate prioritization of medical emergency services, digitalization of health record system, constant power supply, procurement of medical equipment, rehabilitation of infrastructure, recruitment and training of medical care givers, as well as launching of the Health Insurance Scheme, among others.