Senator Monsurat Sunmonu (APC-Oyo Central); a former governorship candidate of Social
Democratic Party (SDP), Engr. Seyi Makinde and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji on Saturday were part of the inauguration of the multi-million naira Ona-Ara Hospital in Ibadan.
The hospital worth N500million is located in the Ona-Ara area of Ibadan was built by Dr Emmanuel Abiodun Oladipo.
Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi, Oyo State Commissioner for Finance and Budget was also part of the event.
Oladipo stated that the mission and vision of the hospital is to remain a signpost and symbol of functional health system and contribution of his quota to attainment of Universal Health Coverage.
“We are opening our doors and intend to champion the reduction of maternal and child mortality and administration of vaccines for preventable and communicable diseases.
“We will create public awareness and sensitization for a clean and safe environment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), effective participation in NHIS initiative as well as general
well-being of people for productive engagement,’’ he said.
He appreciated his mother, Janet Oladipo and wife Jaccinta Oladipo for their unflinching support in actualizing the dream.
Sunmonu, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs urged the people to emulate such gesture, saying government alone could not do it.
The senator, who pledged to install a transformer in the hospital to serve the health facility and its environ commended Oladipo on his commitment towards bringing health care to the people.
Makinde, who was the chairman of the occasion called on public office holders and politicians to always see development as their major driver as exhibited by Oladipo.
“We may have different political affiliations but when it comes to development we must all come together to contribute our quota to the development of our society,’’ he said.
Dr Kayode Obembe, a former President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) called on the federal government to increase budgetary allocation to health. He urged government to comply with the 15 percent budgetary allocation to health agreed at the Abuja declaration of African Heads of States.
Obembe made the disclosure while delivering a lecture entitled “Universal Health Coverage with Eradication of Communicable Diseases in a Developing Country: Nigeria as a Case Study’. He said that nation’s health indices as a result of the precarious situation was very poor, calling for urgent action from the government and well-meaning Nigerians.
The former NMA president said that private hospitals must be integrated for Universal Health Coverage (UCH), saying they are the bedrock of Community Based Health Insurance Scheme.
Obembe, who congratulated the owner of the hospital called on the Oyo State Government to support such initiatives to achieve qualitative and affordable health care delivery to the people.
Also Mr Babajide Bewaji and Mr Oyeleke Ojenike both commended Oladipo for his commitment towards bringing qualitative and affordable healthcare delivery to the people. NAN report that Bewaji is the President of LAUTECH Alumni association, while Ojenike’s consruction company, Trustcon Builders designed and built the edifice.
Bewaji called on the state government to give concession to the hospital, adding the hospital would contribute alot to the well-being of the people in the state.