By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has pledged not to renege in its efforts at improving the quality of healthcare services in Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, especially through collaboration among government, the private sector, and well-meaning individuals.
Abiodun, who made this vow while commissioning a well-furnished state-of-the-art Eye Centre donated to the Hospital by the Kensington Adebukunola Adebutu Foundation (KAAF) in Sagamu, said that the government had made giant strides in delivering quality services, which are evident across the health facilities in the state, including the state-owned teaching hospital.
Represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, Governor Abiodun described the KAAF Eye Center as conducive and equipped with standard facilities that will provide Ogun residents with qualitative Ophthalmic services.
“We are happy that this project has come to fruition today. Our government continues to make landmark achievements in the health sector through collaboration with well-meaning individuals, development partners, and the private sector.
“This facility donated by KAAF is befitting enough as a learning environment, a postgraduate training center and for research purposes, which will put OOUTH in the pride of place as a reputable teaching hospital and a first choice for residents in Ophthalmic services,” he said.
Abiodun said the realization of the Eye Center was a consequence of the health sector’s innovative financing, which he disclosed is one of the strategies deployed to ensure that common people have accessible and quality eye care services.
While appreciating the donor for investing in the Teaching Hospital for the benefit of Ogun residents, Abiodun appealed to high-networth citizens of the state to emulate the benevolent gesture.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman, OOUTH Board, Dr. Taiwo Hassan, revealed that the eye unit of the institution had fallen behind in terms of international standards, saying the enabling environment for public-private partnerships created by the Dapo-Abiodun Administration has changed the narrative.
Speaking earlier, the donor, Sir Kensington Adebutu, who was represented by Aaare Kola Oyefeso, said the investment was borne out of the need to provide standard eye care facility in the state for the benefit of mankind, calling on the management of the teaching hospital to make judicious use of the facility.
On his part, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, said it was important for well-meaning individuals to join hands with the government to facilitate the rapid development of the health sectors, adding that the eye center was one of the many philanthropic gestures of the donor.