BY DANIEL AYANTOYE
Plans are underway by the administration of Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed administration to upgrade the status of Ilorin General Hospital to a tertiary health institution.
This was revealed by the state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Atolagbe Sulyman Alege during a telephone interview with Pilot Health on Saturday.
According to him, it is part of efforts by the state government to ensure efficient health care service delivery.
He further disclosed that a committee has been set-up by the state governor to make the creation of medical school in the state a reality.
“The committee is headed by the Emir of Shonga. There is also plans to turn the Ilorin General Hospital into teaching hospital,” he stated.
The commissioner said the medical school will be situated within Kwara State University Malete, adding that the university has started medical laboratory science and using the Ilorin General Hospital for practicals.
Alege further said the governor recently approved employment of more health workers, noting that all local governments in the state have medical doctors.
“There is no local government that you won’t find doctor, and in fact, the governor has just approved additional health workers for hospitals. “
On the distribution of insecticide nets, the commissioner said about two million insecticide treated net will be given out in the state.
According to him, in view of this, a committee has been set-up to ensure an hitch free distribution.
He added that the distribution will commence at Oyun Local Government Area of the state.
“The state government is working with the global fund to ensure the reduction of malaria and in line with this, about two million insecticide treated net will be distributed across the state and a committee has been set-up in this regards.”
Atolagbe also disclosed that state government will be distributing android phones to every household in the state to enable proper data capturing.