From Richard Adejare, Abuja
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has declared that the state of health care delivery system in the state made people increase their patronage of traditional medicine practitioners.
Speaking during an advocacy visit to the Federal Ministry of health in Abuja, the governor said the General Hospital in Ilorin was bedeviled by several challenges ranging from epileptic water supply, poor sanitary services, lack of power supply and lack of medical personnel among others.
He reportedly commended the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital for being the only functional medical institution in the state and urged the federal government to increase support and funding to the institution.
A statement by the Director, Media and Public Relations of the Ministry, Mrs. Boade Akinola said the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Abdulaziz Abdullahi who received the governor advised the state to leverage on various health care packages of the Federal Government and health sector development partners to improve health indices in the state.
He signified the federal government’s intention to assist Kwara State to boost it’s healthcare delivery services to the populace.
The statement said the visit was to explore areas of mutual cooperation between the Ministry and Kwara State Government.
The permanent secretary commended the governor for his passion and commitment to serve the people of the state as demonstrated by his visit.
The statement noted that the permanent secretary advised the governor to do a holistic diagnosis of the state’s health sector and pay the necessary counterpart funding to access funds. It quoted the permanent secretary as saying that “funds are available of Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) and Save One Million Live Programme for Results (SOMLP for R) among other health care packages.