ODHA Tasks Health Ministry, Institutions On Professionalism

By Precious Oluwole

Ondo State House of Assembly has appealed to the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies to regulate activities of health institutions in the country, noting that many are compromising standards through various acts.

Chairman, House committee on Health, Dr Christopher Ogunlana made the appeal when he led other members on a familiarisation visit to the State College of Health Technology, Akure.

Dr Ogunlana who decried the wanton decay in the system occasioned by compromise among school owners, said most of the health workers from, particularly, private owned health institutions as well as hospitals who run programmes for certain individuals, are below standard and should not be allowed to practice.

According to him, many are training biological weapons who will turn out to be mass destruction of the society.

While commending Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for repositioning all health institutions in the state for human capital development, he charged management of the institution to make sure that students who are not good enough are placed on probation and ensure that they brace up for the challenges ahead.

Other members assured that the legislature would continue to support the college with budgetary provisions for optimal performance.

Earlier, the Provost, Dr. Felix Olawoye while reeling out achievements of the institution, said the college has two schools, environmental health sciences and health information management comprising eight departments and now has a new programme, healthcare givers, approved by the federal ministry of health as a result of its academic standard.

He added that the mandate of the college is to produce qualified health professionals in line with global best practices.

The Provost, however, solicited the support of the committee so as to enable the institution go higher.

The committee also visited the State Drugs and Health Management Commodity, where the committee tasked the management of the agency led by Pharmacist Amos Ayegbusi on regular supplies of drugs to health centers across the state, particularly, the rural areas.

Dr. Ogunlana explained that many health centers are challenged with lack of drugs for patients, adding that the agency must rise up to the occasion.

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