The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulaziz Mashi Abdulahi, has advised the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mr. Abdullrahaman Abdallrazak to leverage on various Health care packages provided by the Federal Government and Health sector development partners to improve the health indices in Kwara.
Mr. Abdullahi gave this advice in Abuja, when the Governor and his entourage paid him an advocacy visit to explore areas of mutual cooperation as regards upgrading health care delivery system in the State.
In his speech, the Permanent Secretary commended the Governor for his passion and commitment to serve his people as demonstrated by his visit.
The Permanent Secretary also said that, the Governor would need to do a holistic diagnostic of the State health sector, pay the necessary counterpart funding and re-strategize to access funds available at Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) and Save One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOMLPforR) amongst other health care packages, to turn things around, for the benefit of his people.
He also assured the Governor of Federal Government’s readiness to assist the State in every possible way to deliver adequate quality healthcare service to its people.
Acquainting the Permanent Secretary with the purpose of his visit earlier, Governor Abdullrazak said that the health care delivery system in Kwara ‘’is in disarray;’’ as such, the citizens currently patronise Traditional medicine practitioners.
He noted that the General Hospital in Ilorin is bedecked by several challenges ranging from epileptic water supply, poor sanitary services, no power supply and lack of medical personnel, amongst others.
He commended the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, being the only functional medical institution in the State. He then called on the Federal Government to support the institution with more funding, regretting that more pressure is being borne by the Institution.
The Governor said ‘’ Primary Health Care facilities in the State have been abandoned.’’