By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has sought the partnership of medical and dental consultants for the medical unit that is to be established at the State University of Medical Sciences, Laje, Ondo.
The governor sought their support while declaring open the 3rd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference 2016 of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), ODSG Hospitals chapter with the theme: “Hypertension: Understanding a Silent Killer.”
Mimiko who was represented by his Health Commissioner, Dr Dayo Adeyanju said, “Basically, we are going to set up a medical unit in the medical village; we want to expand by setting up full-fledged medical unit which will require more consultants in the system including respiratory physicians, more cardiologists aside the nephrologists and endocrinologists already in the system.
“Starting from next year, medical students will go into new courses. We already have our obstetrics, gynecologists, pediatricians and surgeons at the Mother and Child and Trauma Centre, we have lots of consultants, but still need more in the medical area that will help us start the unit next year.”
The governor who thanked the consultants for their contributions which have led to many success stories for government, advised them to continue to support his government for the sustenance of all the laudable programmes in the sector.
He described the theme of the conference as apt and timely, saying hypertension is a silent killer, hence the need to keep sensitising the public on the need to go for regular check up.
Mimiko affirmed that his administration has done a lot in creating awareness in the state for people to remain healthy, noting that prevention is better than cure.
He pledged to sustain all the success stories in the sector for maximum productivity in the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Association, Dr Stella Adegbehingbe explained that the programme is to shore up competence of consultants through experience sharing, update members and doctors in the knowledge of their trade and to be a sensitisation platform for the populace.
To her, what is unfolding in the country gave birth to the topic of the programme, saying the association pleads with the state government not to relent on her achievements in the health sector and other sectors.
Adegbehingbe described hypertension as a global public health problem which affects all genders, irrespective of their age and equally causes many sudden deaths which informed the choice of the central theme of the conference.
She posited that the sub-theme of the conference: “First Aid in Road Traffic Accidents was chosen because studies have shown that incidents of road traffic accidents keep increasing in our environment, hence the need to pay attention to it.
In a lecture, a renowned professor of public health from Lagos State University, Prof Olumuyiwa Odusanya who spoke on “Sustainability of Health Programmes in a depressed economy,” submitted that having an effective health system is a collective responsibility of the government, health practitioners and the people.