Kwara to revamp health system – Gov AbdulRazaq
Written by Abdulmumin Uthman on August 26, 2019
The Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq says his government has envisioned an innovative healthcare system that deploys modern technology to not only tackle the medical needs of the people but also put Kwara State on the national map as a model state in the areas of innovative medical solutions.
Governor AbdulRazaq stated this today at the opening of a two-day Kwara State Health Symposium tagged: Partnership for Health Innovation: Towards Creating Sustainable Health System in Kwara State.
Represented by the State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, the governor said the state healthcare system is itself in intensive care and requires urgent attention, saying that the symposium would develop practical and innovative solutions that could be deployed in the short, medium, and long-term to improve current state of healthcare in the State.
Governor AbdulRazaq noted that the government had taken practical steps to revamping the health sector and the administration had paid the sum of two hundred and thirty two in counterpart funds to address maternal and child health, nutrition, and malaria.
“Yes, we have some structures scattered across the state. But what makes a good hospital is not the structure. It is the presence of qualified and adequate health workers, basic facilities and drugs. Our hospitals are short-staffed. The facilities are mostly obsolete,” the governor said.
Gov AbdulRazaq also disclosed that the sum of twenty six point nine million naira had been approved for a medical outreach in partnership with the Kwara State Association of Nigeria North America Incorporated and Sakinah Medical to carry out outreach in the state.
He said the government had also taken immediate steps to tackle the menace of out polio, which broke out in January this year, by mobilising resources for the agencies in charge for the benefit of the children.
Governor AbdulRazaq expressed confidence that the outcome of the deliberation would help the state to come up with the easy-to-implement roadmap to bequeath to the people a healthcare system that takes care of their needs and is able to attract and retain capable hands from across the country.
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser on Health Matters and facilitator of the Symposium, Professor Wale Sulaiman said with right approach Kwara would be a model of healthcare service delivery in Nigeria.
Professor Sulaiman promised to innovate solutions that could help in tackling health challenges in a cost effective way and Patients driven approach.
Our Government House Correspondent, Abdulrosheed Okiki reports that about twenty four international healthcare companies and dozens of experts are attending the two day Symposium.
WRITTEN BY ABDULROSHEED OKIKI @okikitweets