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System Analyst June 22, 2024

You cannot whitewash your bad record on health, Dr. Akindele taunts Osun APC

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OSOGBO— 22/06/2024— Osunstate.gov.ng

The Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Health Matters, Dr. Adekunle Akindele has lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state on the clever but condescending effort to misrepresent the state of the health sector in the state, saying that the APC lacks the temerity to downplay ongoing efforts by the Governor Ademola Adeleke administration to reposition health sector in the state for better effectiveness.

Dr. Akindele who was reacting to Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, the Osun APC chairman, bogus assessment of the health sector in the state under Governor Adeleke, said the APC demonstrated a lack of understanding that near-collapsed health sector it left for the Adeleke administration to inherit.

Dr. Akindele noted that contrary to the narrative that the Osun APC try to sell, Governor Adeleke has taken initiatives and interventions to address the disturbing negligible that the health sector suffered under the APC administration, calling on Sooko Tajudeen Lawal and his ilks to stop living in the denial on the pronounced efforts of Governor Adeleke to achieve a functional and responsive healthcare system in the state.

“It is unfortunate that Sooko Tajudeen Lawal could attempt to whitewash his party’s sordid record in the health sector. Like I have said on many occasions, the health sector that Governor Adeleke inherited was near-collapse as decaying infrastructure and manpower shortage were glaring reality,” Dr. Akindele noted.

“That was the situation that Governor Adeleke is working assiduously to correct in order to make qualitative healthcare service a possibility for the people in the state. It is therefore unconscionable that those who should contrition for mismanaging the state’s health sector are the same ones making fuss about a genuine effort to fix their mess.

“It is worth noting that in the 12 years of the APC administration in Osun state, no employment was made into the health sector. The fictitious 1500 health workers that Sooko Tajudeen Lawal even made reference to were a media stunt as not only was a proper recruitment process not conducted, but there was no record of them in the state’s civil service. This is why Sooko Tajudeen Lawal and his party have found it so hard to produce just an employment letter of the supposed recruits.”

Dr. Akindele reiterated the commitment of the Governor Adeleke administration to improve condition of healthcare delivery in the state, said the ongoing rehabilitation and equipping of 345 healthcare facilities in the state is a part of the broader measures to birth a better healthcare system

“By the time we conclude the ongoing rehabilitation and equipping of healthcare facilities across the state, we would have solved one of the biggest challenges hampering delivery of qualitative healthcare service. Osun people requiring medical attention will be attended to in a good facility, unlike the dilapidated environment under the APC, which frustrates good healthcare delivery,” he added.

“At the secondary and tertiary level, we are also investing in the infrastructure of facilities to be able to meet the health needs of the people. We are working so hard to buy essential equipment in our healthcare facilities and ensure that Osun people no longer have to travel distance for healthcare services as was the case under the APC.

“The most important thing we are doing is addressing the challenges that sent partner agencies, such as WHO and others out of Osun under the APC, so that the state can tap into the abundant opportunities that their presence offers in terms of healthcare delivery.”

Signed:
Dr. Adekunle Akindele,
Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Health Matters

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