The rebuilding mission of the present administration in Ogun State has received a boost with the commissioning of a N40m Modular Theatre at the State Hospital, Ijebu Ode.
Commissioning the Theatre, the State Commissioner for health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, who underscored the importance of the new theatre, said it would provide safer environment for surgical operations and reduces the rate of death occasioned by delay in carrying out surgeries, as two surgeries would be carried out simultaneously.
“The essence of this is that people will be operated in a safe environment. This will improve our surgical output. We have increased what we inherited from one theatre to two, so that two surgeries can go on at the same time, so there will be no need for delay, and death from delayed surgeries, would be averted,” he said.
Dr. Ipaye noted further that with the new development, the hospital would become a referral centre of repute, as staff offices and doctors’ call rooms were located within the theatre to ensure quick response to emergency cases.
“It will serve the entire people of Ijebu land as a referral centre of repute and of course we have accommodated within the theatre, staff offices and doctors’ call room, so that within minutes, the personnel needed to attend to emergency surgeries can respond quickly, and this will save a lot of lives,” Ipaye noted.
The Commissioner assured that the State would not rest on its oars at ensuring effective health care delivery to the citizenry, as it was planning to embark on a state wide health insurance scheme, where access to healthcare would be given to people at a token.
“By the grace of God, the State will be institutionalizing a state wide health insurance scheme where people will contribute a token into a system of fund management, that enable them have access to qualitative healthcare delivery,” the Commissioner said.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde, admonished staff of the hospital to make the facility accessible to their patients and ensure that it was properly maintained.
Earlier in her address, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. (Mrs.) Oluseyi Adetola, appreciated the efforts of the present administration at providing the theatre, which she said, would enhance the operations of the hospital, pledging the judicious use of the facility.
In their separate remarks, the Aladeken of Oke-Ako, Oba J. Osunsami and the visiting Surgeon to the facility, Dr. Olusegun Adeboye, commended the hospitals management team for their hard work and dedication to duty, charging them to redouble their efforts to take the health sector in the State to a higher level.