The Ondo State Government has begun sensitising stakeholders in the health sector on the integration of some state owned Health Institutions in Akure and Ondo towns.
The exercise being coordinated by the Sensitization and Mobilization sub-committee of the main Integration Committee has met with the Akure people on its maiden outing to engage them on the desire of the State Government at bringing the institutions under the auspices of the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo.
Addressing the stakeholders at the Deji’s Palace in Akure, the Chairman of the sub-Committee who is also the Special Adviser to the Governor on Union Matters, Mr Alaba Isijola said the Committee was set up by the Ondo State Governor. Arakunrin, Olwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN to interface with the people on the proposed integration so as to have their inputs and appropriately accommodate such into the final decision of government.
The Chairman debunked insinuations that the consultation was an afterthought by government rather it was described as part of the engagement policy framework of the present administration to constantly intimate the people on its sensitive plans to avoid any form of misconception in the implementation of its decisions.
This process according to him would enable all stakeholders be on the same page, work towards achieving the same goal and ultimately accelerating development and engendering good governance.
On the proposed integration, the Chairman said the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has advised that all existing Schools of Nursing and Midwifery be upgraded to a degree awarding institution through accredited affiliation.
Consequently, the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Akure; School of Health Technology, Akure will have to be affiliated to the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo.
Also in a bid to get the students of UNIMED proceed to the clinical stage of their studies as required in Medical Education, a Teaching Hospital has to be in place, the Committee informed the people of the desire of government to merge the State Specialist Hospital, Akure; State Specialist Hospital, Ondo; Psychiatric Hospital, Akure with all the facilities at the Medical Village , Ondo which include: Gani Fawehinmi Diagnostic Centre, Kidney Care Centre, Mother and Child Hospital, Trauma and Surgical Centre, to become the Teaching Hospital.
In their responses moderated by the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Ogunlade Aladelusi, the people bore their minds through the contributions of no fewer than eleven people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints to the issue. The corollary of which was their appreciation of the dispassionate stance of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on the site of the Teaching Hospital.
The people said it was salutary that Arakunrin Akeredolu was not interested at bringing his personal interest into the site of the Teaching Hospital unlike his predecessors in office who sited Universities in their places of birth.
The people therefore advised the State Government to consider the use of the State Specialist Hospital in Akure as the headquarters of the Teaching Hospital being the oldest health facility in the state.
They argued that Akure has a sizeable percentage of the population of the entire state adding that the town remains the only State Capital in Nigeria without a teaching Hospital.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Administration and Policy Planning who is also a member of the Committee, Mr Jones Ogunmusire assured that no worker in the State Health Sector would be disengaged from service as a result of the government decision.
Also the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Orientation who is also a member of the committee, Mr Yemi Olowolabi said the integration plan was a creative step to smart out of a critical situation faced by the present administration as a result of the policy of the immediate past government coupled with the unfortunate lean resources accruing to government at the moment.
Mr Olowolabi added that the unpleasant realities of the moment notwithstanding, the Akeredolu administration was embarking of several life changing projects which include roads dualization projects in Akure to make the State Capital a befitting one.
After its meeting with the people of Akure, the sub-committee will takes its Sensitization and Mobilization to the palace of Osemawe of Ondo to meet the people of the town.
It will also meet with Union Leaders and Managements of the affected institutions, and security agencies in the towns.