Speaking during a courtesy visit on him by members of the Governing Council of the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Governor Akeredolu said despite the fact that the medical institution is owned by the Federal Government, the Ondo State government has continued to collaborate with it in the provision of quality health care for the people.
The governor specifically mentioned the provision of an emergency response ambulance stationed at the health facility, adding that the ambulance is fitted with a state of the art equipment and personnel versed in extricating motor accident victims.
“As a state, we have used the medical center for emergency evacuations because of the ambulance and we also have personnel stationed there, ” he said.
The governor also spoke about the commitment of his administration to the eradication of Lassa Fever in the state, through the construction of a Lassa Fever Treatment Centre at the health institution and the assistance of the state to the FMC on the establishment of its Trauma Centre.
Governor Akeredolu used the occasion to announce that the proposed Cancer Care Centre contained in the 2018 Appropriation Law would be sited at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Owo.
He said the location of the Cancer Care Center at FMC Owo was informed by the desire to leverage on the personnel and facilities at the center.
“We can share personnel and facilities if the center is located close to the FMC. Doctors from FMC can also assist at the center,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman, Governing Council, Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Mr Simon Anyankambe, had appealed for the assistance of the Ondo State Government at ensuring that the centre continues to provide functional and technologically-driven healthcare system.
“The staff is inadequate, the facilities are dilapidated, while there is shortage of instruments for tests and diagnosis.
“Office and facility accommodations are grossly lacking, while there is urgent need for renovations,” he said.
The chairman, however, used the occasion to appreciate the State Government for its interventions, which according to him, have assisted in no small measure at helping the medical facility in its onerous roles of health care delivery.
He said he was particularly happy at what he described as the salutary efforts of the State Government during the recent outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state which helped the FMC in its treatment of patients.
Other members of board including the Medical Director Dr. Liasu Adeagbo Ahmed accompanied the chairman on the visit.