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Group urges ‘Boys Scout spirit’ in Ondo healthcare delivery system

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Dayo Adeyanju

To consolidate on the past successes recorded in Ondo State health sector, Guaranteed Healthcare Foundation (GHCF), has urged the state government to employ the “Boy Scout Spirit” to safeguard the lives of the people.

The Executive Direct of the group, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, said this yesterday in Akure while allaying the fears of the people over the news creating tension about ravaging Monkey Pox spread to the state.

This was sequel to the news that a suspected case visited a health centre after a monkey bite but was referred to the State Specialist Hospital, Akure without getting her data for prompt monitoring.

According to him, “Actualizing effective healthcare delivery requires the ‘Boy Scout Spirit,’ which entails that every healthcare practitioner and the facility must be prepared for any health eventualities.”

Though the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, had implored the people to maintain their calm as necessary measures had been put in place to curtail any incident.

Adeyanju, nevertheless, assured that the existing health facilities and systems put in place in the state have the capacity to curtail the spread of an outbreak.

The potency of the facilities and systems, he noted, alongside the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), were evident during the dreadful scourge of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the 2015 ethanol poisoning saga in the state.

The Director, who is the immediate past state Commissioner for Health, added that the state “already has the structures: the Community Outbreak Control team, Facility Case Management, infectious disease hospital, state rapid response team at the ministry.”

He disclosed further that the team comprises of the community members, the disease notification or surveillance of the local government area, PAC coordinator, health educators, and the social mobilizers.

The GHCF boss, however, urged the state government to prioritize the continuous training of health workers so as to ensure effective health service delivery and to meet up current realities.

“Government must continue to educate the people through the print media, electronic, broadcast, sensitisation and advocacy, deploying other technological means so that our people would get adequate information to make informed decisions,” he said.



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