Ogun State government has earmarked the sum of N8.3bn as the 2019 budget for the Health Sector.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye who stated this while defending the 2019 proposed budget, at the State House of Assembly in Abeokuta, said the budget would cater for the registration of new facilities, purchase of buses for school of midwifery, renovation of facilities, amongst others.

According to him, ‘’There are special programmes that will focus on public health interventions, particularly, diseases control, epidemic, investment in HIV/AID, Tuberculosis and school health programmes’’.

Dr. Ipaye noted further that equipment would also be procured to cater for over hundred patients that visits the State owned hospitals on monthly basis, adding that a new maternal and child health clinic would also be built to ensure constant fall in maternal and child health mortality indices.

In another development, the Health Commissioner said the Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board would spend the sum of N100m in the 2019 fiscal year to rehabilitate health centres in all Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), across the State.

Ipaye said the State would also ensure the continuous funding of special projects such as; Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) Measles Campaign, Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW), as well as other programmes, which had helped in averting outbreak of diseases and epidemics.

He noted that about 1.3m children were targeted to be vaccinated in the on-going MNCHW, with about 900 thousand to be given vitamin A supplement, adding that the vision of the agency was to develop a sustainable primary health care system in the State.