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We’ll declare state of emergency on healthcare in Oyo – Folarin

Folarin, who is the former Senate Leader, remarked in a press statement issued by his Director of Media and Strategy, Victor Oluwadamilare, that Oyo State in the past used to be the flagship of healthcare delivery in the country.
But he expressed regret that “overtime, the glory has faded and the sector has grounded to a halt under the Ajimobi clueless government.”
While promising to reverse the rot and dwindling fortune of healthcare delivery by declaring a total state of emergency in the sector if given the mandate in the next month’s election, the PDP standard bearer also declared his intention to robustly address the myriads of problems and hiccups facing the healthcare workers in the state.
According to Folarin, the major challenges include shortage of trained medical personnel, infrastructural deficiency, shortage of equipment and medication and using political officials who have no cognate experience to manage healthcare system, with its attendant backlash.
 “Oyo State has 182 doctors to cater for a population of nearly seven million citizens, (one doctor to about 39,000 citizens), 18 consultants, one radiographer, 35 dentists (one dentists to about 200,000 citizens), 1,850 nurses, 47 pharmacists, 72 laboratory scientists and one psychiatrist”, Folarin observed, adding, “it has no radiologists, ophthalmologist or plastic surgeon. Routine internship which could have strengthend the workforce is no longer available because the state has lost its accreditation.”
 “It is heart breaking that there are only 48 hospitals, primary healthcare clinics inclusive”, Folarin lamented.

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