Kwara Records 35 Percent Increase Public Hospital Patronage In Four Months

Posted by GRANDNEWS | 29 September 2019 | 457 times

* Gov AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq

The patronage of public health institutions in Kwara State has risen to at least 35% in the last three to four months as the government focuses on basic healthcare and the recent upgrade of equipment at the General Hospital Ilorin,  officials said at the weekend.

“We’ll make sure that all our primary health centres are properly run and functioning very well. The government will also equip hospitals to meet the medical needs of the people. What you have seen here is a direction of where we are going,” Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi said at the closing ceremony of the free medical and surgical interventions at the General Hospital Ilorin in the state capital.

Alabi, who represented Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the event, thanked the Governor for his commitment to the welfare of the people.

The surgical interventions, in which some 500 persons benefitted, was sponsored by the State Government in partnership with the Kwara State Association of Nigeria, North America (KSANG) and Sakinah Medical Outreach.

Alabi said the government is determined to secure the services of qualified health personnel to provide quality healthcare services in the state.

 Special Adviser on Health Matters to the Governor, Prof. Wale Sulaiman, explained that the just concluded surgical mission was a follow-up to the medical mission held across the three senatorial districts where about 2500 patients were attended to by volunteer doctors from Sakinah Medical Outreach.

“The combined medical and surgical mission is one of those key emergency strategies to bring immediate relief to people that have common ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, infectious and noninfectious diseases,” he said, commending the Governor, the management of the General Hospital, the volunteers, and health ministry officials.

Prof. Sulaiman, who facilitated the surgical interventions, noted that the intervention had brought immediate relief to patients who would have been waiting for years due to lack of funds to access medical care.

Director General of the Kwara State Hospital Management Bureau, Dr Oladimeji Aluko, commended the government for addressing the immediate healthcare of the people, saying that 70% of the beneficiaries are indigent Kwarans.

Aluko said the last four months of AbdulRazaq’s administration has seen between 30 and 35percent rise in patients who patronised state owned hospitals as a result of rising public trust in the government and its interventions like payment of counterpart funds, free malaria treatment and anti-polio vaccination.


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