In a bid to improve access to tertiary health services in Oyo State, ‘Governor Seyi Makinde, has approved the activation of the abandoned annex facility of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital in Oyo Town.
This decision was reached at a stakeholders’ meeting recently held by the Oyo State Ministry of Health. The meeting, which was attended by various health sector stakeholders, resulted in several resolutions aimed at improving healthcare delivery in the state.
According to a communique released by the Ministry and signed by the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr Oluwaserimi Ajetunmobi, the activation of the annex facility is part of efforts to strengthen the state’s health referral system for efficient and effective service delivery.
In addition to the activation of the annex facility, other resolutions reached at the meeting include the categorisation of Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities into 24-hour and 9-hour Service Delivery Centres, with plans to upgrade more PHCs into 24-hour SDCs. The Ministry also resolved to engage qualified health personnel in some PHC facilities using capitation and other sources to bridge the manpower gap.
Furthermore, the Ministry announced plans to map out facilities in local government areas without Secondary Health Care Facilities and upgrade identified Primary Health Care Facilities to Secondary Health Care facilities. The birth of a Drug Management Agency and the establishment of a Resource Mobilisation Committee for the Health Sector were also part of the resolutions reached at the meeting.
The stakeholders also resolved to establish a functional media unit at the Ministry of Health to give the ministry media visibility and improve communication with the public.
The Honourable Commissioner for Health expressed optimism that the implementation of these resolutions would greatly improve healthcare delivery in Oyo State and contribute to the realization of the Omituntun 2.0 health mandate.
With the approval for the activation of the annex facility of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital in Oyo Town, residents can look forward to improved access to tertiary health services and better healthcare delivery in the state.