By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, commissioned the remodelled and renamed Saki Specialist Hospital, declaring that his administration is revolutionising the health sector in the state.
The governor, who also announced the revocation of the abandoned Saki Township road contract, which was awarded by the immediate past administration, said that the contract would be re-awarded to a more competent contractor within the next four weeks.
He stated these while commissioning the Infectious Disease Centre, Saki, an uncompleted project inherited from the last administration but now remodelled and upgraded to a 100-bed Specialist Hospital in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.
Governor Makinde stated that with the ongoing revolution in the state’s health sector, his administration will deliver 351 model primary Health Care Centres at one per electoral Ward in the state before the end of its tenure in 2023.
He said that the current administration will go into the annals of Oyo State history as the one that turned existing and moribund health infrastructure into state-of-the-art medical facilities, saying “if Oyo State can start with attracting medical tourism from other states within Nigeria, it means that economic activities will significantly improve.”
He further said that as the government continues to upgrade health facilities in the state in line with its commitment to quality health care delivery, it will also continue to equip and maintain them and also ensure that they have the best personnel.
The governor, at the event attended by top government functionaries and the traditional institution led by the Okere of Saki, Oba Khalid Olabisi, said: “It gives me great pleasure to be back here in Saki, less than three months after our last visit to commission this Infectious Disease Centre. This facility will now be named Saki Specialist Hospital. We have invested close to half a billion Naira on this facility. And for equipment alone, we have invested over N250,000,000.”
He recalled how the government had rebuffed efforts to set up isolation centres in stadiums, choosing to upgrade existing medical facilities, a decision which he said has paid off greatly as shown through the success stories with the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo and now the Saki Specialist Hospital.
In their separate remarks, the Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello and Prof. Alonge, described the facility as unique, stating that it will not only serve the purpose of being an observatory, isolation and treatment centre for COVID-19, it will also be put to good use as a standard health facility for other purposes.