Ogun State has been described as safe haven for anyone who desires best medical interventions, with the availability of both human and facility resources to provide efficient healthcare services.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, stated this at an interactive session for young doctors, organised by Nigerian Medical Association, Ogun State Branch, tagged: “Universal Health Coverage: Leaving No One Behind’’, held at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, commemorating 2018 Physicians’ Week.
According to him ‘’Ogun State have well trained and adequately prepositioned medical experts, both Private and Public that can perform remarkably well, When it comes to medical interventions.
‘’We have built different medical facilities that are of world standard. Also, We have dispersed surveillance Officers that are well informed to our border areas to quickly raise an alarm over the outbreak of any deadly disease so as to ensure first hand treatment before the disease spread all over the state’’, Ipaye stated.
The Commissioner charged young Medical Practitioners to always define their core values, be resilient, objective, create work-life balance and be problem solvers by adapting to change in technological advancement, saying for them to overcome likely challenges that may occur in the discharge of their duties, they must always set their priorities right while making themselves available for market ahead.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba Abeokuta, Prof. Musa Olomu, said the programme was apt, as there were deficiencies in the nation’s health sector, noting that the forum was to mould young doctors to be a distinct entity in the medical profession.
In his remark, Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Dr, Ismail Lawal submitted that the purpose of the programme was to introduce the young doctors to the possible challenges that they may encounter in the future and to expose them to opportunities they could explore here in Nigeria, rather than going abroad, where they can only be treated as second class citizen.