Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, at the weekend said that provision of accessible, affordable and qualitative health care and social services delivery is one of the five-point agenda of his administration.
The governor spoke in Akure, the state capital, when he received Samuel Adekola-led new national executive of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN).
Akeredolu expressed the readiness of his administration to employ more health workers in the state, especially more pharmacists to make effective and quality healthcare accessible and affordable for the people.
The ACPN chairman had earlier urged the Federal Ministry of Health and Ondo State government to address the delay in mobilising graduate pharmacists for NYSC scheme due to inadequate offices for their one year compulsory internship.
Adekola said, “Our colleagues, young pharmacists who are graduating, are not having opportunities for their compulsory one-year internship. As I speak to you, we have most of them that have spent two years after graduation, they couldn’t go for (NYSC) service; we therefore call on the government to initiate and implement central placement for internship purposes.”
Akeredolu, however, directed the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, to bring up memo for the increment of slots for pharmacists’ internship to enable graduating pharmacists get opportunity to acquire their one-year compulsory training.
He said, “I am happy we are starting from Ondo State, which is my state. We have taken the campaign against fake drugs to the government of Ondo State.
”We appreciate them because Ondo State is taking a lead in the fight against fake drugs through the use of scanning machine. It is the only state in Nigeria that has the machine which can detect fake drugs on the spot.”
The ACPN boss described the Ondo State version of the Contributory Health Insurance Scheme Law as the most people-centred and easy to implement in Nigeria.