The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has given approval to the Ministry of Health for the recruitment of more medical personnel into the state health sector.
Akeredolu gave the approval during his quarterly meeting with members of the State Task Force on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunisation in Akure.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, the governor said the recruitment would replace retiring medical workers and enhance medical services in the state.
Governor Akeredolu who added that the 2018 Appropriation Bill currently before the State House of Assembly had provision for the upgrade, renovations and new health facilities in a bid to scale up health care delivery in the state.
While saying that accessible and qualitative health care is one of the cardinal programmes of his administration, Governor Akeredolu implored parents to disregard the rumour that Routine Immunization against child killer diseases was inimical to the health of children by allowing their children and wards to participate in programme.
He assured stakeholders at the meeting that his administration would work assiduously at raising the bar of health care in the state by making it affordable, accessible and qualitative.
Earlier, the World Health Organization, WHO, through its State Coordinator, Dr. Akinola Fatiregun presented the third quarter 2017 Feedback Report on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization in Ondo State.
In the report, the global body used several empirical evidences to justify the commitment of the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu administration to the eradication of all forms of killer diseases in the state.
Dr. Fatiregun however said that the negative rumours on the routine immunization exercise hampered the success of the programme in the third quarter of 2017 as a result of the inability of medical officials to vaccinate most children across the state.