The Ondo State Government said on Wednesday in Akure that it had approved sum of N1.5 billion for take off of cancer treatment centre in the state.
The state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, stated this at 5th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) Ondo State Hospitals’ Chapter (ODSGH).
The conference’s theme was: “Mental Health Disorders in a Depressed Economy”.
He added that when the medical centre was completed, there would be no need to travel abroad for cancer related issues.
Akeredolu, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, noted that one of ways to tackle mental depression was providing good healthcare services to citizens at affordable fees.
The governor recalled that the state government recently employed additional 15 medical consultants to the state medical team for betterment of Ondo State healthy soundness, promising that more would be added.
He said that the state government was aiming at ensuring that qualitative healthcare delivery was available to its citizens at affordable fees.
According to him, the state government’s efforts are also geared towards prompt payment of workers’ salaries to alleviate suffering of people.
He added that a lot of empowerment programmes were ongoing to get people engaged in meaningful economic activities.
The governor, therefore, urged the medical personnel to do their job as expected for sake of humanity, vowing that the government would continue to provide conducive environment for them.
Earlier, the Acting Chairman of MDCAN ODSGH, Dr Ishaq Ojodu, said the objective of the conference’s theme was to sensitise public about the rising trend of mental disorders pertaining to Nigerian economy.
” We want people to know that it is worst situation but people can develop coping mechanism to deal with depression.
They dont need to go to the extreme and use drugs that can damage their mental capabilities permanently but engage in social activities.
“We want families to involve in supporting system which has broken down in Nigeria and we also want to sensitise the government in its roles to provide health insurance that will afford quality health services,” he said.
The guest speaker,Dr Kolawole Mosaku, Head of Department of Mental Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife,enjoined government to tackle mental depression through reduction of health inequalities.
Mosaku, who was represented by Dr Olukayode Aloba, of the Department of Mental Health of the university, added that social security and protections should be guaranted.
According to him, youth employment must be cardinal target of government as well control of alcohol.
He added that psychiatric care services must be available for easy access and welfare facilities for citizens.
The royal father of the day, Oba Olusegun Akinbola, the Alade-Okun of Alade-Idanre, applauded medical personnel for their roles in ensuring sound health, which he said could bring sound economy.
Oba Akinbola tasked them to do more for nation’s survival