The Oyo State Government, on Saturday, commenced the process to review its minimum health service package that patients can access at primary health care facilities across the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Oluwaserimi Ajetunmobi, stated this while delivering her speech at the review meeting held in Oyo town.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Dotun Oyelade, in Ibadan, the state capital, quoted Ajetunmobi as saying that the minimum service package needs to be standardised.
She revealed that the primary objective of the review meeting was to meet the basic health needs of the entire people of the state, adding that the initiative is a priority set of interventions which should be provided in PHC centres daily at little or no cost.
The commissioner said the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration had shown unflinching commitment to the health sector since he came on board in 2019, noting that the commitment of the governor to the health sector was targeted at improving the health indices and level of health status of residents of the state.
She added “This meeting is designed to strengthen health service delivery in our state at the PHC level. The Minimum Health Service Package, according to the Federal Government policy is described as a priority set of interventions which should be provided in PHC centres daily, at all times, and little or no cost to clients through the government. financing mechanisms.
“MSP is deployed to meet the needs of the entire population in the state where resources are limited by aggregating services together. The MSP minimises costs, for both of the services as well as for patients to receive the services. “The present administration in the state is also making frantic efforts to ensure that government health facilities are adequately equipped so that the people of the state can enjoy appropriate and qualitative health care”, she stressed.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the state Primary Health Care Board, Muideen Olatunji, reiterated the commitment of the governor to ensuring the delivery of quality healthcare at primary healthcare facilities in the state.
He said the government had completed the renovation of 210 primary healthcare facilities out of the 351 facilities under the watch of the board.
The meeting had in attendance, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Olusoji Adeyanju, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency, Olusola Akande, Executive Secretary of the State Agency for Control of Aids, Lanre Abass, representatives of programme Implementing Partners, such as UNICEF, President Malaria Initiative and Breakthrough Action of Nigeria among others.