Kwara State Government says the present Administration is fully committed to revamping the moribund healthcare system in the state.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq made this known while declaring open, a-two day Kwara State Health Symposium with the theme: Partnership for Health Innovation: Towards Creating a Sustainable Healthcare System in Kwara State in Ilorin.
Alhaji Abdulrazaq who was represented by his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi decried neglect of the health sector by the previous administration which he said failed to equip kwara state hospitals with qualified manpower, drugs and other facilities that are necessary for quality healthcare delivery.
He explained that what makes a good hospital is not the structure but the presence of qualified and adequate health workers, basic facilities and drugs noting that kwara hospitals are short-staffed with obsolete facilities which he said has been discouraging medical doctors and other medical personnel from practising in the state.
The Governor added that the recent release of about Three Hundred Millions of naira in counterpart and partnership fund to address maternal and child health and medical outreach for the poor and the vulnerable in the state is in line with fulfilment of his campaign promises to give kwarans quality healthcare services.
In separate goodwill messages from Chairman Senate Committee on Health and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Primary Health, Senators Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe and Pharmacist Sadiq Umar said the symposium as an eye-opener for the state government and commended Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for what they described as a right step in a right direction towards making health system work in the state.
They identified quality healthcare system as a necessary ingredients for socioeconomic development and pledged to do every thing humanly possible to assist the government in boosting the health sector to improve the living standard of kwarans.
The convener of the program, Professor Wale Suleiman emphasised the need for a collective effort to evolve a health system that would work for all and expressed hope that the outcome of the symposium would bring out a workable recommendation to help the government improve the health sector.
The Kwara State Health Symposium with the theme: Partnership for Health Innovation: Towards Creating a Sustainable Healthcare System in Kwara State was attended by top government officials, health workers and other key stakeholders.