By Solomon Mosaku, Abeokuta
Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, has disclosed that the state government has distributed more than N200 million worth of equipment to health facilities across the state.
Speaking when he received members of the state House of Assembly Committee on Health who were on an oversight visit to the ministry, he said that the equipment had been of great benefit to the hospitals and people of the state.
“When I came in, we visited the Central Medical Store; we saw that there were a lot of equipment but they had not been put to use and people are suffering because of lack of these equipment.
“We have distributed some of these equipment to their points of need and they are worth over N200 million. The government distributed three anaesthetic machines at Oba Ademola Hospital, Ijemo, in Abeokuta. We distributed one anaesthetic machine to teaching hospital, Sagamu, and General Hospital, Ota.
“The government also donated two British parturition bed each worth over N5million; one to General Hospital, Ota, and one to Oba Ademola Hospital, Abeokuta. We have donated a blood bank to the General Hospital, Ijebu Ode, and have donated several hospital equipment to Isara, Ilaro and some other places, “he said.
He said that primary health centres across the state were also supported in the area of critical needs.
The commissioner said that the state government would continue to provide quality and efficient health care delivery services.
The commissioner added that the ministry had sealed illegal and substandard health facilities to protect citizens from quack products and services.
Ipaye also disclosed that the ministry generated N41 million as revenue between January and July.
“ The ministry had not executed any of its capital projects due to non release of funds; more funds for capital projects would assist the ministry to surpass the revenue targets,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the House Committee Chairman, Mr Akinpelu Aina, urged the ministry to put in place more professional measures toward ensuring sanity and eradicating quackery in the health sector.
He said that with proper monitoring, regulation of the practice of medical professionals in both public and private sectors would be achieved.