Kwara will address decay in health sector, says deputy governor

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Steve Oni, Ilorin

Kwara State government would address the rot in the health sector with a view to making health care delivery accessible to the people, particularly at the grassroots.

State Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, who gave the assurance on Wednesday in Ilorin while receiving members of the State Council of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives led by their Chairman, Comrade Joseph Adekanye in his office, pledged that the present administration would fix the various health centres to meet the health needs of the people.

The Deputy Governor promised to discuss with the appropriate authorities on the various challenges facing members of the Association in the State.

“The role of Nurses is key to the health care delivery of the Government. I call on you to play greater role in actualising it”, he explained.

He described as unacceptable the deplorable state of some of the health facilities, promising that government would do the needful in due course.

Earlier the Chairman, Comrade Adekanye had highlighted some of the challenges facing the health sector in the state, which include gross shortage of human resources, lack of adequate working tools, poor remuneration of Nurses and Midwives, issues of local government health workers’ welfare as well as local government pensioners, among others.

Comrade Adekanye commended the State government’s intervention in restoring the status of the School of Midwifery and the Colleges of Nurses in Ilorin and Oke Ode just as he requested for the completion of Students hostels under construction at College of Nursing, Oke Ode.

The Chairman also called for adequate funding of the various health facilities to maintain quality and standard, while pledging to collaborate with the government to address the decay in the health sector.
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