Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state has without doubt made the health care of residents of the state his corner stone and priority and had channelled the $20.5million WHO grant to revitalisation, renovation, rehabilitation and upgrading of the 332 Primary Health Care centres in all the wards in the state.
Our sources confirmed that all the state general hospitals were also renovated, upgraded and equipped, while new bed wards and doctors’ quarters were also built. In a statement issued by the commissioner of health in the state, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, he stated that the Oyetola’s administration conducted 600 free surgical operations funded by the state government, in collaboration with an NGO. He said as part of the state government fight against COVID-19, 350-bed space isolation centres were also built by the state government and that test kits, drugs and other medical items, worth N251.5 million were also procured and supplied to all the health centres and hospitals in the state.
Corroborating the Commissioner for health, the state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Remi Omowaiye, explained that the WHO grant was gotten for the ‘Saving One Million Lives’ programme and that the money had been judiciously used.
Omowaiye explained that the money was not given directly to the state but deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria and that the money is being released, gradually, through a due process and on the ground that it would be used on health matters.
He said his ministry handled the construction and rehabilitation of several roads and construction of bed wards and other health facilities plus the rehabilitation of the state general hospitals, adding that most construction and rehabilitation had been completed.