Final week, I wrote a becoming tribute to Adejare Adebisi, the wonderful gentleman, proficient administrator and Deputy Chief of Workers (DCoS) to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, who died some two weeks again.
Not lengthy after, a buddy drew my consideration to a different piece written, earlier, by Abimbola Adelakun in a nationwide newspaper, querying the governor’s plan to take the late Adebisi overseas for therapy, “however for COVID-19 pandemic.”
Nicely, let me begin by saying that it’s troublesome to fault what Adelakun wrote. Based mostly on her notion, the argument, so far as Nigeria and the attitudes of her politicians are involved, may very well be legitimate. Nonetheless, notion could also be totally different from actuality when deeply interrogated.
Undoubtedly, Adelakun’s feedback, based mostly on random assumptions of the subject of discourse, and, particularly, her analysis of the governor of Osun, didn’t communicate to common sense.
For positive, a cursory evaluation of the healthcare administration in Nigeria, from independence, will reveal the extent and the creeping damaging influence that a long time of neglect within the public well being sector had engendered within the nation, Osun inclusive.
Sadly, what Oyetola met on floor couldn’t be hurriedly handled, or remedied within the restricted area of time of two years.
Had the author subsequently considered that investments in healthcare supply isn’t one thing which ends up could be seen in 2 years, not even in 5 years; and that these items take time as a result of they’re institutional in form and measurement, possibly her place on Osun would have modified.
For instance, for LAUTECH Instructing Hospital, Osogbo, to be a world-class hospital, it’ll want about ten years of rigorous master-planning, legislative inputs, deliberate capital funding, getting the mandatory medical gear in place, and manpower improvement, amongst others.
It’s in spite of everything these steps, and extra, would have synced that one can see the results of such a cogent improvement initiative.
Once more, that our legislators haven’t learnt something is an off-the-cuff however unfair generalization which, certainly, doesn’t maintain for Osun.
That we don’t have world class hospitals that may competently care for tertiary illnesses can also be not removed from the reality.
However, should we permit our folks to die from illnesses which might be treatable, right here or elsewhere? Didn’t america of America, regardless of her enviable accomplishments in drugs, have trigger to run to China for ventilators to deal with COVID-19 calls for in ‘God’s personal nation’? Even, on the Federal degree, President Muhammadu Buhari as soon as promised to make sure that Nigerians now not journey overseas on medical tourism.
However the president was in a position to uncover early sufficient that the state of affairs of medication and medical observe in Nigeria was nonetheless in chaos; that its basis was not well-laid! From that time, all that he had mentioned turned mere political rhetoric.
Who is aware of? The person might need lengthy been useless, had he not taken a step by looking for medical consideration overseas!
Coming again to Adebisi, the columnist could not have examined the context of Oyetola’s lamentation for his incapability to ferry Adebisi overseas for medical consideration.
The governor spoke within the context of a medical referral and a scheduled physician’s appointment for the deceased in Germany.
He has been there earlier than! It was subsequently painful that such an endowed bureaucrat was unavoidably allowed to only go like that – so cheaply – extra so, in an atmosphere the place we didn’t even have sufficient to deal with stroke.
To Oyetola’s credit score, one of many precedence areas of his authorities has been the well being sector. In line with him, for Osun to be a rich state, the folks residing in it have to be wholesome; which, after all, was an inexpensive, wholesome logic! With this in the back of his thoughts, he made guarantees and he took steps.
On assumption of workplace, one in all his first features as governor was the launch of the revitalization of 332 Major Well being Centres (PHCs) within the state.
A necessary a part of the intervention is that, for each ward, there have to be a purposeful clinic that may care for the folks in occasions of well being wants.
Up to now, over-250 of those PHCs have been accomplished and put to good use. Yours sincerely can also be conscious of the overhaul of the Common Hospitals throughout the state, all in a bid to ensure high quality, reasonably priced, accessible and qualitative healthcare supply for the residents.
Now, Osun can boast of a world-class, well-equipped Intensive Care Unit (ICU), simply as all its well being services are purposeful for the advantage of all.
It’s subsequently attention-grabbing to notice that, with Oyetola’s silent revolution, the story of medicare has modified. Even within the villages, outdated individuals are now not dying needlessly. Medicine are extra available and our healthcare employees, together with medical doctors, should not complaining.
Sure! Osun can now boast of important medical providers. Nonetheless, the intervention has not develop into elevated to the extent that it may cope with Adebisi’s ailment.
The state is simply getting grounded in main healthcare, whereas improve makes an attempt at totally different strata of medical care are being relentlessly pursued.
In fact, that’s how medical establishments are constructed! It has to come back from the grassroots; and transfer as much as the common degree! However for some small hiccups right here and there which might be, once more, being seemed into, I’ve it on good authority that Osun is already searching for a approach of getting a tertiary college hospital that might be duly accredited; which, after all, is the start line.
Once more, who is aware of? The governor could also be planning to have a specialist hospital, in-built Adejare Adebisi’s title, to focus, primarily, on tertiary illnesses which, as issues stand, have continued to make medical tourism a should.
All mentioned, there’s little question that, with folks like Adelakun placing governments on their toes, there’s hope for Nigeria.
This time round, her bullet could have been misfired at Oyetola and the federal government he leads as a result of she wrote in a rush and couldn’t seize different necessary highlights.
Maybe, if solely she had dug extra into what the governor has been doing, significantly, his imaginative and prescient for the well being sector, she most actually would have identified that, past what she advocated in her piece, the governor has far more greater plans.
Take as an illustration, had Oyetola’s administration not been proactive within the containment of COVID-19 within the state, wouldn’t the story have been totally different?
Might the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, heal our land.