‘No room for quack doctors in riverine areas’
THE Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju, has asserted the commitments of the state government to make primary health care multi-sectoral and eradicate quackery in the coastal areas of the state.
Adeyanju made this declaration in a press parley with journalists recently in Akure, in commemoration of the International Youth Day, where he said the health sector has been made youth-friendly and is providing employment opportunities through the health rangers and Abiye Vanguards who are mainly youths.
He remarked that the youths constitute more than 60 per cent of the state population, saying it is imperative to pay more premium on their health issues because there is no youth that will be engaged without being healthy.
he Commissioner asserted also that they are susceptible to psycho-substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases (STDS) and other related ills in the society that necessitated an action plan and roadmap, which makes youth health multi-sectoral in approach.
He said that a sexually transmitted infection clinic has been established in Akure, where health workers are trained to interact mutually with the youths on related health issues and eradicate stigma among the age-grades.
Adeyanju added that the well-being clinic will soon be commissioned, noting that the clinic must not be limited to the sick only, but must also be enjoyed by healthy people who can be given more orientation on their health status.
In response to the alarm raised by the Amapetu of Mahinland, Oba Lawrence Omowole last month on the rise of quack doctors in the riverine areas, he said a task force has been instituted to stamp them out by extending primary health care delivery to the areas.
The Commissioner said two ambulances and six health facilities: three for Ese-Odo Local Council and three for Ilaje Local Council and incorporated staff quarters have been provided to make life more comfortable for the workers and to ensure 24 hours service delivery.