Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, has cautioned Senator Buruji Kashamu representing Ogun East Senatorial District, against turning quality health service to a “political deceitful empowerment programme.”
Ipaye gave the warning in a response to Buruji’s comment, saying he, Buruji, carried out repairs on the Obada Health Centre in Ijebu Igbo because it was a constituency project.
But the commissioner, who described the repair as “illegal, unprofessional and cosmetic” quoted the Minister for Health, Prof Isaac Adewole as refuting the claim, saying the project was not a constituency project.
He said owing to the tolerance of the state government, Kashamu should have been sanctioned over the destruction on the facility in the name of repairs without alternative arrangement service point for over 250 registered antenatal patients.
Ipaye, however, disclosed that in line with the standard set by the Federal Government, the state has concluded plans to support the local governments in the repair of 40 Primary Health Care Centres.
A statement he personal sign, “My attention has been drawn to the press statement from Sen. Buruji Kashamu on the illegal, unprofessional and cosmetic repair of Obada Health Centre, Ijebu Igbo.
“Let me state from the outset that the claim by the controversial senator, that the project was a constituency project has been refuted by the Honourable Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and other agencies of Federal Government that should coordinate and monitor such projects.
“The destruction of public asset and termination of health services without provision of alternate service point for over 250 registered antenatal patients should ordinarily attract significant sanction by the State Government, but for the decision of Sen. Ibikunle Amosun led administration to tolerate opposition and pardon regretted mistakes.
“The removal of the front wall of a centre and replacement on the same old foundation and old roof without expansion of the existing space and without provision of health workers and commodities is not the kind of renovation our people deserve. Quality health service should not be treated as a political deceitful “empowerment” programme.
“The health sector is one of the key sector in the Country and must not be handled with levity, adding that Sen. Buruji Kashamu’s approach to the unprofessional disruption of health services in the State and the substandard repair without approvals by relevant Federal, State and Local Government Authorities was avoidable if he had made necessary enquiries.
“Dr. Ipaye stated that a collaborative and technically sound approach to health system development is what the state and our communities require, advising the Senator not to play politics with the health of our people and caution his supporters that have invaded the social media to desist from same.
“Ipaye said the State Government has concluded plans to support the LGAs in the repair of 40 PHCs including Obada Health Centre in line with the standard set by the Federal Government, advising that Sen. Buruji Kashamu is welcomed to join hands with the State Ministry of Health as we seek to actualize the health sector mandates.”