The Ogun State Government has said that plans were underway to begin free medical services for pregnant women and children from age zero to five across the length and breadth of the State, to reduce maternal mortality.
This was revealed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker during an inspection tour of some of the first 20 selected Primary Health Centers (PHCs) in each Local Government of the State.
Dr. Coker also disclosed that the State would render free medicare for the treatment of malaria and diabetes, noting that the health of Ogun residents remain a priority to the Prince Dapo Abiodun led government.
She said the ongoing renovation and equipping of the primary health centers was aimed at ensuring people, especially, at the grassroots have access to quality healthcare delivery, adding that the move would further strengthen the system accordingly.
According to her, ‘’the target is that, 236 primary health centers would have been renovated and adequately equipped by the end of this tenure. The plan is to have 10 Primary Health Centers around each of our General Hospitals. We believe that if PHC is attractive and well equipped, the rural dwellers will prefer orthodox medicine”, she said.
In his remark, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Tayo Lawal, while noting that the health delivery system of Nigeria was based on a pyramid, pointed out that the foundation was primary health center, which was the closest to the people, calling on residents to embrace the services rendered in PHCs, just as government’s commitment to health remain unwavering.