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Kwara: ACOMIN wants shortage of health workers addressed

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From Jimoh Taofiq Adeniyi, Ilorin

The Kwara State Government has been advised to address the problem of shortage of health workers in government owned hospitals and health centers, especially in the rural communities, to ensure quality service delivery as expected by development partners.

The Coordinator of the Association of Civil Society for Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition (ACOMIN) in Kwara state, Mr. Olatunbosun Oluwafemi, gave the advice in Ilorin at a one day media brief and workshop on Global Fund Malaria Accountability and Advocacy Project in the state.

Oluwafemi explained that with the huge investment in the health sector and support from development partners, the problem of shortage of health workers must be quickly addressed to ensure quality service delivery.

He urged the state government to increase the monitoring of funds allocated to the health sector in carrying out their core mandate of service to the people.

“Government still needs to do more in terms of monitoring and evaluation techniques to ensure judicious use of funds being allocated to health sector yearly,” he said.

While accessing Global Fund support facilities in the state, he observed that the relentless efforts of partners like ACOMIN, Society for Family Health and Management Science for Health, the project had recorded a huge success.

He expressed happiness that the Global Fund support programme had also served to ginger the state government to increase the number of IPC where Global Fund support facilities were not covered.

In her remark, the ACOMIN State Program Officer, Mrs. Folake Iseyemi said that the main objective of advocacy programme was for accountability of Global Fund support facilities located in five local governments in the state.

Iseyemi called for improved collaboration between government, civil society organisations and religious leaders to create more awareness in the fight against malaria scourge in the state.

The Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode said that the state government committed a lot of resources in the prevention of the malaria scourge in the state through the creation of interpersonal and communication agents that are saddled with the responsibility of enlightening the citizenry on the dangers of self medication.

Dr Fakayode however dismissed the report that consultation fee was being paid in the state owned hospitals, maintaining that people could only pay for card and drugs but payment of consultation fee had been abolished in the state.

He also condemned the insinuation that patients need to show evidence of payment of tax before they could be attended to in government hospitals, saying that the allegation was unfounded and far from the truth.

He advised the general public to go for testing before carrying out malaria treatment, saying that all fever is not malaria.

He urged health workers to discharge their duties with good conscience and see their job as service to humanity by respecting the life of their patient for when lost it can never be regained again.

The BCC specialist for Society for Family Health in the state, Cyril Kanayo Alobu said that Society for Family Health had been very active in the state especially in the area of training and retraining of health workers and creation of awareness on malaria prevention.

He said that the number of people patronizing public health facilities had increased because of confidence that had been built on the public through awareness and sensitization mechanism embarked upon by Society for Family Health and other partners.

Alobu however urged the state government to recruit more health workers especially in the rural areas and upgrade health facilities with a view to justifying huge investment of development partners.

Stakeholders at the event, observed that health sector should not be a revenue generating sector for government but for social services and advised government to recruit more health workers who would be posted to rural communities.

They also called for genuine report of situations in health sector in the state to attract more support from development partners. The media brief on Global Fund Malaria Accountability and Advocacy Project was well attended by religious and traditional leaders, civil society organizations among others.

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