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Oyo Govt urges residents to access quality primary health centres

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Oyo State Government has urged residents, especially rural dwellers, to access quality and affordable healthcare through functional Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) facilities in the state.

Bode Ladipo, the state’s commissioner of health made the call while launching the maintenance manual for the facilities in Ibadan, on Monday.

Ladipo said Oyo State Government has put in some resources to facilitate the upgrade of PHCs in the State.

He said the essence of the step was to make sure each political ward has a viable healthcare centre, adding that at about 210 of these PHCs were renovated in Governor Makinde’s first tenure, while other PHCs will be completed to make up the remaining 351 PHCs.

Ladipo who said Oyo State Government was aware of the manpower shift from this clime to more economically buoyant climes, added that the Government has started looking inward to shore up resources that will ensure it meets the needs of practitioners.

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He said there was a need to ensure the facilities put together, outlasts the present administration and for this reason, the Oyo State Government has put a small manual together for the maintenance of the new facilities.

Speaking earlier, Funmi Salami, the special adviser on health said the maintenance handbook is vital as a good maintenance culture will extend the life of the infrastructure in Oyo State.

She reiterated the Oyo State Government’s commitment to delivering its mandate of quality healthcare to all citizens of Oyo State through the renovation of 351 primary healthcare centers (one PHC per ward) across the state to category 3 PHCs.

According to her, “a category 3 PHC has about 13 rooms with portable water and electricity”.

She said, “Maintaining the PHCs in a proactive manner is critical to their functionality and longevity. This maintenance manual will assist in ensuring that end users regularly perform preventative maintenance”.