The Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora said that the Federal Government is doing its best to revamp the health sector to improve the quality of facilities in our hospitals, increase preparedness capabilities to emergency situations during health emergencies. and restore citizens’ confidence in the Nigerian healthcare system to reduce medical tourism.
Mamora made the statement during the commissioning of another set of strategic capital projects at Aro Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He informed that the government was doing everything in its power to make the atmosphere conducive at home, to improve the treatment and the delivery of health care, and that he said that is all of this which was seen today.
“Once people see what is available in our home environment and are happy with it, there will be no reason to go into medical tourism. I encourage you all to support the government in its resolve to achieve these goals by contributing your own quota through diligent service, fearless professionalism and responsible citizenship. Working together with government will ensure affordable, accessible and equitable health care for every citizen, the minister said.
Projects commissioned which includes; a newly expanded General Medicine Clinic Theater (GMPC); a recently rehabilitated road network inside the hospital; a renovated outpatient clinic building (OPC); an isolation center building; two (2) male neighborhoods in Aro; two (2) female neighborhoods in Aro; a molecular laboratory building with state-of-the-art equipment; a ten (10) bed intensive care unit (ICU) building equipped with modern technologies such as life support equipment, telemedicine facilities and a fully equipped ICU ambulance; a refurbished laundry building and newly constructed industrial boreholes.
According to the minister, these will not only add value to patient care, but will help position the hospital to achieve its vision of becoming a national center of excellence and an international benchmark in mental health.
Dr. Mamora went further to appreciate the remarkable achievements of the hospital from the days of the “Aro Village System” of community care to current initiatives to provide mental health care at the primary health care level. through an integration paradigm.
Moreover, it is particularly gratifying that successive leaders, including the current one, have made significant efforts to combat the stigma of mental illness by adopting a multi-layered approach.
One such approach has been the expansion of general medical services within the hospital, including antenatal services and other specialist clinics under the current administration.
This increased contact with the public has not only contributed to the de-stigmatization campaign, but contributes significantly to improving access to health care for our large population.
The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, the engineer. Noimot Oyedele, said the projects are not only people-oriented and patient-centric, but also reflect the hospital’s vision to become a national center of excellence and an international benchmark in Mental Health.
The Governor has reassured the board, management and staff of Aro Neuropsychiatric Hospital and all other medical institutions in Ogun State of his administration’s commitment to providing effective medical care and efficient to the people.
“We believe that the partnership between all stakeholders is a catalyst for healthy and sustainable development because neither the State nor other institutions can fulfill their mandate effectively and efficiently without the collaboration of other partners in the sector”.
Earlier, the provost and medical director of the hospital, Dr. Paul Agboola, expressed his gratitude to the then government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the improved attention given to the hospital lately despite the prevailing economic climate.
“It is satisfying that because of this renewed attention and support, the hospital has continued to maintain its leadership role in providing mental services across the world.”
He went further by revealing that his administration has received invaluable support from the Federal Ministry of Health and indeed the Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, as well as the Federal Ministry of Finance.
According to him, the hospital has recorded remarkable achievements which include; a considerable increase in the annual capital allocation – an increase of more than 500%; an increase in the distribution of general expenses of more than 200%; provision of COVID-19 response funds leading to the establishment of a well-equipped “10-bed intensive care unit (ICU)”; a fully equipped molecular laboratory and a well-equipped infectious disease control center for the control and treatment of COVID-19 and other related infections.
Aro Neuropsychiatric Hospital is a 735-bed mental health care facility with a rich heritage since its inception as the first purpose-built psychiatric hospital in Nigeria.