The Ondo State Government has trained no fewer than 100 health workers to ensure effective healthcare delivery at the grassroots level in the state.
Dr Wahab Adegbenro, State Commissioner for Health, who declared the training open at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, on Wednesday, said government would ensure optimal performance of health workers through training and retraining.
Adegbenro said that the training, which was in conjunction with the university would avail the residents, access to qualitative and affordable healthcare.
He said emphasis around the medical world had shifted to primary healthcare workers, due to their closeness to the grassroots.
He noted that it was not enough to provide infrastructure and equipment for the health facilities, without the manpower that have prerequisite skills to man them.
The commissioner thanked the university and the primary healthcare board for the initiative and urged participants to take advantage of the training to sharpen their skills.
Professor Friday Okonofua, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, said the training became imperative because acquisition of knowledge was a continuous process.
He added that the training would help the health workers to be abreast of recent developments in their different fields.
Okonofua, who was represented by the university’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adeseye Arogunjo, said the VC was very passionate about the university contributing its quota to the development of medical education.
One of the foremost professors of Community Health in Nigeria, Prof. Michael Asuzu, expressed delight that the training was a vision of over 40 years come true.
Asuzu said corruption and political distractions had crippled the real vision of the primary healthcare in Nigeria.
The university don criticised some government policies and interventions which he said did not really meet the needs of the people.
Dr Francis Akanbiemu, the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Development Board, said certain poor health indices still remained high in spite the huge investment of government and development partners.
“With all these mirage of problems, PHC in Nigeria has not achieved much when compared to that of others African countries as infant mortality is still high and other health indices still very poor. Nonetheless, Ondo State is one of the foremost states that are doing well in PHC,’’ he said.