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1,300 patients benefit from free health mission in Ekiti


ekitiAPC decries governor’s conduct in Assembly chamber

Over 1,300 people were treated for various ailments during a 4-day free health mission organized by the Ekiti State Ministry of Health in four communities in the State.

The health mission, which was jointly sponsored by the Ekiti State Government and Grace Project International, a Non-governmental Organization (NGO), was held at Ipoti, Otun, Erinmope and Ikun Ekiti.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olurotimi Ojo explained that the programme was a brainchild of some Ekiti indigenes in the medical profession across the globe.

Noting that assessable, affordable and health care delivery is one of the 6-cardinal programmes of the Fayose led administration; Ojo reiterated the commitment of the administration to guaranteeing qualitative health care service particularly to the downtrodden.

According to him, the welfare of the people remained top priority of the State Government, adding that the proposed State Health Insurance Scheme as well as provision of free health service for pregnant women and children under age of 5years are part of efforts at keeping the people healthy in addition to reducing mortality and morbidity rate in the State.

He highlighted other steps taken by government to strengthen health care delivery in the State to include the devolution of health personnel from the Local Government Service to the State Primary Health Care Development Agency for improved service delivery.

The Commissioner however noted that all government’s efforts would be wasted if the people refuse to take advantage of the gesture to improve their lots.

He therefore, appealed to all and sundry to patronize government’s Health facilities in order to benefit from the attempt of the present administration in the State to better their lot.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has criticised members of the State House of Assembly for allowing Governor Ayodele Fayose to act against protocol in the presentation of the 2016 Appropriation Bill in the hallowed chambers on Wednesday.

Publicity Secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement that it was regrettable that the lawmakers allowed the governor to get away with the breach of official protocol that diminished the integrity of the Assembly, an institution that must keep its rules.

“The world watched in disbelief as Governor Fayose stormed the House of Assembly during presentation of his 2016 budget proposal in T-shirt and jeans against the official prescription of full native dress or complete English suit during such sittings.

‘The governor’s appearance before the house of assembly is uncultured and flagrant disregards for rule of law and constituted authority. It is ungovernorship, a violation of law and order, unruly, and an abuse of power

“We saw the first public declaration of loyalty by the Assembly members on the day of inauguration when they all prostrated for Fayose in the chambers, stating he is their father, little wonder that the speaker and the leadership of the House were not bold enough to tutor or caution him on the official mode of dressing allowed in the hallowed chamber when he presented the budget”, he said.

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