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We are overhauling health sector in Kwara -Gov. AbdulRazaq

From Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
‎The widely acknowledged decay in the  Kwara State health sector is forcing the government to do a general overhaul in the sector, the governor, Alhaji  AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said. 
To this effect, the governor declared that his administration would overhaul the state’s healthcare system such as developing practical and innovative solutions to improve the current system.

 This stand of Abdulrazaq was made 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.

 He was represented by his deputy, Kayode Alabi where he declared that the current health system in Kwara lacks enough manpower, basic facilities and drug, among other challenges.

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 “What makes a good hospital is not the structure but the presence of qualified and adequate health workers, basic facilities and drugs.

“Kwara hospitals are short-staffed with obsolete facilities which have been discouraging medical doctors and other medical personnel from practising in the Kwara State,” he said.

 He commended organizers of the symposium saying;  “this gathering of world class experts is meant to look holistically into these issues. With about 24 international healthcare companies and dozens of experts attending.

“This event has been designed to be problem-based and solution-oriented with emphasis on healthcare financing through state-wide health insurance, implementation of minimum standard of Primary Health Centres”.

In their separate goodwill messages, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Primary Health, Senators Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe and Pharmacist Sadiq Umar, said the symposium was an eye-opener for the state government. 

They commended the governor for what they described as a right step in the right direction towards making health system work for everybody in the state.

 They identified quality healthcare system as a necessary ingredient for socioeconomic development and pledged to assist the government in boosting the health sector to improve the living standard of the people.