Don’t think of yourself alone – Aregbesola tells striking doctors

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, Osun State Governor, Wednesday described the action of the striking doctors in the state as selfish and uncaring about what happens to other indigenes and residents of the state in the face of the present economic hardship faced by the country.

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The governor stated this while delivering an address titled: ‘To the improved health of the people,’ at the inauguration of new equipment for Boripe Local Government Health Centres at Boripe Local Government Secretariat in Iragbiji.

Aregbesola admonished the striking doctors to recognise that the state is in a very special time of serious economic challenge and be willing to sacrifice like every other workers in the state who are always at their duty post.

He held that government in spite of the great financial challenges, had given the welfare of the people priority attention, saying it was high time they all realised that the state was in a special period where sacrifice must be made.

Aregbesola noted that states in the past used to get money from the federal government every month to run their administration, but since July 2013, that had continued to decrease until today when most states get nothing again.

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According to the governor, “There are however some of our health workers at the state level who think only of themselves, who do not care a what whatever happens to the rest of us.

“They have refused to recognise that we are in a special time and would insist that we give to them alone all the money in the state, even while other government workers are willing to make sacrifice.


“By their own action of indefinitely abandoning their duty post, they have demonstrated that they have no place in our hospitals and the reasonable thing to do is to fill the void they created. Nature abhors vacuum,” the governor told the gathering.

He pointed out that the restoration of healthy living is one of his administration’s cardinal objectives, stating that it was only healthy people that can work and be productive to generate revenues to government through tax.

Aregbesola also added that when people are healthy and live longer, they participate in political activities which translates into more votes for politicians, and that it is in the best interest of the people themselves and government to promote good health.

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He said: “As you are also aware, the state government provides good healthcare services to the people through teaching hospital, which is the highest level, general hospitals and local government health centres.

“We have also been maintaining our free healthcare policy through constant procurement to ensure availability of free drugs at our hospitals, while there are also free anti-malaria drugs for expectant mothers as part of their ante-natal treatment in government-owned hospitals.

“Furthermore, we have renovated nine state hospitals, upgraded our existing primary healthcare centres while new ones are being built. We have also provided medical equipment, furniture and electrical appliances for some of our health facilities where these are needed.

“Ambulances equipped with first aid equipment were purchased and are now in full operation under the Osun Ambulance Services, which is aimed at improving the quick-response capacity of the health system, in cases of accidents and emergencies,” Aregbesola emphasised.


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