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EKITI GOVT. TO POST MORE HEALTH WORKERS TO RURAL AREAS

By Lere Olayinka

Ekiti State Government is to undertake the redistribution of health workers in the state to combat the inadequacy of qualified health personnel in the rural areas, the State Governor, Engr. Segun Oni has said.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti today and made available to journalists, that Governor Oni made this known while playing host to the people of Ilokun Ekiti led by Onilokuno of Ilokuno, Oba Adebayo Jegede who paid him a courtesy visit in Ado Ekiti .

The governor noted that the inability of past administrations in the state to ensure fair play in the distribution of the available human resources in the sector has led to the drought of qualified health workers in the rural areas thereby putting communities in the areas at a disadvantage .

He said the state government was poised to ensure that the lives of rural dwellers in the state are safeguarded by ensuring that personnel are posted to the rural areas as government was committed the wholesome distribution of workers in the sector .

“This is a corrective government. We are not shy about that. Where we have identified a shortfall we will get nurses to fill the space. We cannot afford to allow the people in these areas to suffer,” he said.

The Governor explained that 188 Blue hospitals have been built so far by his administration to cater for the health needs of the people across the state noting

about 100 additional ones would be put in place in the next phase to ensure every community in the state benefit from the gesture.

He said government would ensure the availability of qualified health personnel in all health institutions across the state to ensure that patients who visit the hospitals are in safe hands.

Earlier, Oba Adebayo had commended the present administration in the state for its people-oriented programmes.

He tasked the state government to consider the community in its Blue Hospital Programme.