Oyo Assembly To Address Primary Health Care Issues

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The Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday revealed its intention to urgently intervene and address the deplorable state of primary health care in the state.

The House made this known while deliberating on a bill sponsored by Akintunde Olajide representing Lagelu constituency and co-sponsored by Bamidele Adeola representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju constituency reads “That the Honourable House deliberate on the deplorable condition of primary health centres in the state and call on the relevant government agency to put in place necessary the grassroot”.

The bill further noted that the current situation of primary health centres in the state is saddening.

The bill, which observes that the condition of many primary health centres in the state was below expectation also maintained that the maternal mortality rate in the state was worrisome.

The bill is also concerned that inadequate public health care has led to increase in the number of untreated diseases like malaria, typhoid, fever, measles and other chronic respiratory diseases.

Majority Leader of the House and member representing Ogbomoso south constituency, Sanjo Adedoyin, while reacting to this motion reminisced that the idea of primary health care was introduced by Prof. Olukoye Ransom Kuti in 1986.

Adedoyin noted that the state has budgeted the sum of #500,000 for each local government to cater for primary health care services on monthly basis, adding that the funds were siphoned by some wrong hands.

Also contributing, the minority leader and member representing Atiba constituency urged the governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to declare a state of emergency in the state Health sector.

Deputy Speaker of the House and member representing Ona-Ara constituency, Abiodun Fadeyi revealed that through thorough investigation, he gathered that health officers were unable to access the monetary funds released to local government health department by the government.

Giving his grand reaction, the speaker, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin opined that the local government account be audited quarterly and that the committee on health put in place a system to monitor how drugs and other medical materials are distributed and made available to the people.

Ogundoyin added that there should be renovation of dilapidated health care centres, and provision of medical materials across the state.

The house further resolved that the Executive Secretary of the Oyo State Primary Health Care Board and the Commissioner for Health be invited to the plenary on the 24th of October, to discuss the lasting solution to the bad situation of the sector.

The house also urged the board to ensure that the central store of primary health centres across the state are overhauled.

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