Members of the Ogun State House of Assembly have called for the construction of more public health facilities and the immediate renovation of the existing ones across the state.
The legislators made the call while deliberating with the Commissioner for Health, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, during the on-going 2018 budget defence by ministries, departments and agencies in the state at the Assembly Complex, Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta.
The lawmakers harped on the need for the ministry to evolve more strategies to strengthen health care delivery to the people, particularly the grassroots, just as they sought for more effective supervision of community health centres to enhance quality service delivery.
Two of the legislators, Adebiyi Adeleye and Olusola Sonuga, recommended the adoption of public private partnership (PPP) approach towards giving room for the private sector and well-meaning individuals to partner with the state government in the effort to improve on the well-being of the people.
Dr Ipaye responded that efforts were being intensified to ensure more responsive health programmes that would allow for increased access to qualitative health care facilities, saying the ministry had finalised plans to distribute more modern equipment it received through World Bank support to about 60 government-owned hospitals across the state.
The commissioner added that an executive bill was underway to domesticate and improve on the National Health Insurance Scheme at the state level, which would be targeted at establishing an alternative source of health care financing for increased participation by the citizenry.