Oyo discovers drugs and medical equipment
Oyo State Government yesterday said it has discovered drugs and medical equipment, worth millions of naira, in the stores of some local governments. It was learnt that they were procured by the Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala administration and locked up in the stores.
The government said it has ordered an assessment of the drugs and equipment with a view to put them to use. Commissioner for Health Muyiwa Gbadegesin told reporters in Ibadan, the state capital, that although the Governor Abiola Ajimobi administration discovered a lot of anomalies when it assumed office, it was shocked when it discovered drugs and medical equipment locked up in stores.
Gbadegesin said he visited one of the stores, situated in Okeho, Kajola council, on Sunday and discovered the drugs and equipment rotting away. He regretted that the drugs and equipment, which were procured with the state’s fund, were wasting away while thousands of residents and hospitals needed them.
The commissioner said the state government has been carrying out free health missions to make healthcare accessible to indigent persons. He said: “When we came on board, there was a lot of mess done by the previous administration that needed cleaning up. The state did not have up to 100 doctors and that is one of the things that informed the launching of the free health mission. “The government has employed about 1,000 health workers in hospitals across the 33 councils.”
Gbadegesin said the government would soon launch a programme tagged Abiyamo Health programme to curb maternal mortality. He said the government is working on a partnership with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, to enjoy the services of experienced consultants. Gbadegesin said the upgrading and renovation of the Adeoyo State Hospital, the Oni & Sons Memorial Hospital and the Jericho General Hospital, all in Ibadan, would begin soon.
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