Leadership (Abuja)

30 December 2012

Nigeria: Osun to Commit N1 Billion to Hospitals' Rehabilitation in 2013

The Osun state government would invest the sum of N1 billion to the rehabilitation of the nine hospitals in 2013.

The state Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this in Osogbo, the state capital at the weekend while flagging-off the free medical eye treatment organised by the state government in collaboration with Al-Basar International Foundation, based in Saudi Arabia.

The free medical mission includes free eye screening, free eye surgeries and distribution of free eye glasses to the patients among others.

The governor also said that within the last one year, his administration had spent the sum of N120 million for the procurement of drugs for the free health programme of the government.

This, according to him, is in addition to several other steps, including the procurement of new medical equipment being embarked upon by the government.

He said: "This medical mission is part of our administration's efforts to provide standard healthcare for our people. Our approach to healthcare is aimed at ensuring good health in all aspects of the lives of our people.

Explaining the importance of eyes to the human body, he said that eyes are among the smallest parts of the body, but without it, life could be meaningless.

The governor noted that the medical mission was just another demonstration of his administration's commitment to the continued provision of good health for the people of the state.

He continued: "We are also adopting complementary strategies to ensure the high standard of health for our people and this is in the area of environmental sanitation that we have been encouraging.

"We know that no amount of money committed to the good healthcare delivery could be worthwhile, if the dirt on our environment is left unattended to.That is the reason for our efforts on de-silting and de-flooding of flood-prone areas within the state."

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