As part of activities marking his first year in Office, the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has commissioned the newly-renovated ALGON Comprehensive Health Centre, Eyin Grammar, Ibadan.
While inaugurating the Healthcare Centre on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the Governor maintained that the top goal of his administration is to make Primary Healthcare System functional and affordable, noting that the Government will continue to invest in the Primary Healthcare System.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Governor urged residents of the community to enrol in the Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme as Officers begin to go from house to house.
The Governor said: “Already, we have developed a new funding structure for PHCs in our State. We followed the policy of paying counterpart funding wherever it is required. Oyo State paid a sum of N250 million as State counterpart fund for the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRIN), a World Bank project which with in March 2020. We paid a sum of N100 million as State counterpart fund on the Basic Health Care Fund project; we also paid N19 million counterpart fund for the Integrated Medical Outreach Program by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). As I said in my One Year in Office Broadcast, we will start seeing the results of our new funding structure in the months to come.”
According to the statement, Governor Makinde stated that through the State Health Insurance Agency, the State had been able to register 58,000 more beneficiaries for Health Insurance, adding that the State will now mobilise the community into OYSHIA.
The Governor explained that the State had also leveraged its COVID-19 response by identifying some PHCs that could be used as isolation centres and embarked on the rehabilitation and repairs, citing the examples of the PHCs in Igbo Ora and Awe and adding that:“Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a suspension of activities, we had approved and started a N54 million-naira medical mission aimed at bringing healthcare closer to the people.”
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the OYSHIA, Dr Sola Akande said the ALGON CHC was the second renovated PHC by the State Government through capitation from Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme, revealing that the first was PHC Oranyan, while a third facility located at Aafin Oyo, Oyo is ready for commissioning.
Dr Akande said the facility is complete with the basic feature of OYSHIA, accredited PHCs and done in line with Governor Makinde’s instruction that the standard of Oranyan PHC must be followed; adding that the facility has been equipped with medical equipment, furniture, solar power installation and a 40kva diesel generator, which had been abandoned for 10 years.
He said in collaboration with Primary Health Care Board, the workforce shall be overhauled, trained and equipped to deliver excellent services with a human face in a friendly atmosphere to the enrollee and member of the community.