Assembly summons health Commissioner over PHCs

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The Oyo State House of Assembly has summoned the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello and the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care (PHC) Board to Thursday’s plenary, moved by what it called the worrying conditions of Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across the State.
The House also promised to do a quarterly audit of the records of local government areas, and urged the Executive Arm to embark on surprise visits to primary health care centres to ascertain happenings.
The invitation, according to the lawmakers, is connected to the “dilapidation and inadequacies in infrastructural facilities in primary health care centres, high maternal mortality rate and the vulnerability of residents of the State to contact diseases.
The invitations follows a motion on: “Need for Community and Health Care Reformation in Oyo State ” presented on the floor by  Akintunde Olajide (Lagelu Constituency) and Dele Adeola (Iseyin/Itesiwaju Constituency), which described the state of the PHCs across the State as saddening and pathetic.
Giving an instance of the scenario at Lagelu Local Government Area, Olajide said out of 25 PHCs in his local government, 19 were partially functioning while six had become moribund.
He mentioned that the PHC at Iyana Offa did not have a central store for preservation of drugs while the General Hospital at Iseyin Ado Awaye had no computer system for record keeping.
Speaking on the matter, the Minority leader, Mr Asimiyu Alarape, urged Governor Seyi Makinde to declare a state of emergency in the State health sector.
He quoted the State Commissioner of Health who had described the situation in the health sector as a disaster, and identified inadequate staff, non-availability of ambulance and other facilities as major challenges facing the sector.
In addition, Saminu Gbadamosi (Saki East/Atisbo Constituency) noted that the State health sector suffered inadequate hands because many who retired from the sector were yet to be replaced.
The chief whip, Hakeem Adedibu and Mr Jacob Bamigboye (Oriire Constituency) called for the audit and investigation into how local governments utilised funds given them for the upkeep of primary health centres.
Another lawmaker, Sanjo Adedoyin, who is the Majority Leader, in his remarks, questioned whether or not local governments judicially utilized the N500,000 monthly sum given them for the PHCs.
Ruling on the contributions, Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin said the Assembly would henceforth do a quarterly audit of the records of local government areas, urging the Executive Arm to embark on surprise visits to primary health
L. Nasir