19th September, 2012
To boost health care delivery system in Kwara State, the state government has distributed 21 blood banks and other related health equipment worth N40 million to 21 hospitals in the state.
The distribution of the equipment, which included refrigerators and electricity generators, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed noted, was part of the ‘Shared Prosperity Programme’ of his administration.
Ahmed, who was represented at the occasion by the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Kayode Issa, said government has employed the services of a consultant to join other consultants already engaged by government in order to have a comprehensive blood administration system in the state.
According to him, “the total amount spent on the procurement of the equipment of blood banks including the power backup is about N40 million and they will be deployed to 21 hospitals across the three senatorial districts of the state.
“Spending on our hospitals is an ongoing process as government is spending monumentally on the renovation, rehabilitation of the existing five General Hospitals as well as other primary healthcare centres.”
Ahmed further disclosed that government has established Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Board, PHCDB, in order to put the management of primary health centres under one roof.
Besides, the state government has released N47 million to boost malaria free Kwara under the Roll Back Malaria programme of the federal government.
Speaking on behalf of one of the benefitting hospitals, Dr. Yakubu Folorunsho, the medical director of Share General Hospital, thanked the governor for providing an enabling environment for the advancement of healthcare delivery system in the state, assuring that the medical personnel would continue to put in their best to justify government’s huge investment.
By Stephen Olufemi Oni/Ilorin