By Hammed Shittu, Ilorin.
The qualitative health care delivery policy of the Kwara state government Tuesday received a boost with the distribution of 13 new ambulances to 13 Specialist and General Hospitals across the state.
Also, the state government distributed hospital equipment and Roll- Back malaria drugs to 43 primary health centres in the state.
Speaking at the occasion in Ilorin, the state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed said that, the ambulances and drugs were purchased in fulfillment of his administration’s commitment to strengthening of health care delivery in the state.
Ahmed recalled that the state government in 2011 purchased and distributed anti-malaria drugs worth N47million and Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits worth over N11.3million.
He added that about 2million long-lasting insecticidal nets have been distributed to households in the state as part of the efforts to strengthen the anti-malaria campaign in the state.
The Governor assured residents that when the five general hospitals in the state currently undergoing remodelling and three new General Hospitals to be built in local government areas without secondary health institutions are completed, the capacity of the state’s health care delivery system to cope with malaria and other life threatening diseases and ailments would be strengthened.
According to Ahmed, his administration “remains committed to achieving our policy thrust of 500-metre accessibility to quality health-care within the shortest possible time by strengthening health care systems at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
Ahmed acknowledged the positive contributions of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) office in Abuja, Federal Ministry of Finance and the National Malaria Control Programme as well as development partners such as Global Fund in collaborating with the state government to create wider accessibility to quality health care for the people of the state.