But for the quick intervention of the State Government of Osun, the money being deducted from the allocations to local governments by the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) for the construction of Comprehensive Health Centres across the country would have gone down the drain.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola said although the programme was initiated before his assumption of office, no efforts were made for the construction of the projects, despite the deduction being made every month, until the intervention of his administration.
He made the disclosure at Ido-Osun in Egbedore Local Government Area of the state, while launching one of the Comprehensive Health Centres, constructed in all councils by ALGON.
Sequel to the intervention of the administration, Aregbesola said of all the 30 local government areas in the state, 17 of such projects have been completed, out of which 12 have been well equipped and ready for launching, just as work is ongoing on the rest.
Aregbesola said in as much as his administration is committed to the sound healthcare delivery to the people, they should ensure the cleanliness of their environment, with a view to ensuring the reduction in outbreak of epidemics and government expenses on healthcare delivery.
“We all know that no matter how big a hospital is, it cannot cater to the needs of everybody and that is why we must all ensure the cleanliness of our environment to reduce going to hospital for treatments.
“Our medical workers should also ensure that they remain friendly to their patients so that they will not feel depressed. But for a reason, no one will be willing to come to hospital for treatment. The taxpayers’ money was used for the construction of this health centre and you must treat them as kings and queens,” he said.
In his address, the Executive Secretary of Egbedore LG, Mr. Ibrahim Akande, said government at the state and local level in Osun attach much importance to the health of the people.
He said that nearly all aspects of healthcare delivery would be taken care of in the health centre, adding, “There is infant and maternal care, HIV/AIDS care, treatment of general and various form of diseases, including ones that will necessitate admission.”