Tuesday, 3 April 2012


The Oyo state Ministry of Health today debunked recent rumour of Lassa fever breakout in the state.

This was disclosed by the health commissioner Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin while briefing the news men at the film theatre of the ministry of information and orientation on the achievement and programmes of the ministry for the residents of the state.

The commissioner said that there is iota of truth in the rumour adding that the ministry of health has begun an aggressive campaign to sensitize the populace on the disease, as well as the preventive measures and steps to take on the occurrence of ill-health.

Dr. Gbadegesin stated that the University College Hospital where the news of the breakout was said are being treated have clarified the report as false..

He then said the state has upgraded some facilities to give comprehensive care to any suspected case of Lassa fever and medications have been deployed to health care centres in case of outbreaks.

Meanwhile, Oyo State Government is to construct sixty two new Primary Health Centres[PHCs] in sixty political wards for the provision of effective basic health care services to the people at the ward level.
The state ,Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin said N30 million has been approved for the first phase of the construction of Primary Health Centres which will built in all local government areas of the State.
Gbadegesin who disclosed this in Ibadan at a press briefing stated that emphasis would laid on the renovation of existing hospitals to create conducive environment to the patients and staff working in those facilities.
According to him,the sum of N50 million has been approved for the renovation of the existing hospitals for the provision of comprehensive health care services for the people of the state.
The Commissioner revealed that the ministry of Health together with the Public Building department of Minstry of Works would soon embark on the inspection of those hospitals to assess the renovation work to be done.
He added that modern equipment is to be procured to re-equip existing facilities so that they could provide effective health care services to the people in line with the restoration agenda of the present administration.
He pointed out that government has approved N98 million for the commencement of the ambulance service adding that four Nissan ambulances with 30 tricycle ambulances are to be procured for the intra and intercity ambulance services.

However, the new born screening initiative embarked upon by the State government,he said was geared to ensure detection and treatment of any possible disease before they grow up.
Besides, the state government has also established what it called ``Abiyamo Programme’’ for pregnant women through which they will be treated for any disease before delivering their babies.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi said that these programmes, the first of their kind in the country, were borne out of his personal conviction that children must be given the best opportunities to survive and live in a healthy environment.

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