The Chief Medical Director, Prof. Jesse Abiodun Otegbayo on Sunday, 25th July 2020 was a guest at the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation’s public enlightenment programme, “Let’s Discuss”.
Prof. Otegbayo highlighted the steps taken by the present administration to improve on health care delivery system in Nigeria. Some of the steps are the complete turnaround and equipping the hospital’s theatre with state-of-the-art equipment, the refurbishment of the Intensive Care Unit, revamping the moribund blood bank with the latest technology and establishment of cash and carry pharmacies in the hospital.
He also pointed out that the wards in the hospital are being painted with mosquito repellent paints while the water reticulation project is ongoing. “With the water reticulation, the shortage of water that had been a major challenge to the hospital will soon become a thing of the past,” he said.
The CMD further stated that supports have been coming to the hospital by some philanthropists, alumni associations of the hospital, staff and students towards the development of the hospital and to also combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, he noted that an individual has also donated a 20-bed isolation centre to the hospital.
Responding to whether the hospital intends to extend its reach outside Ibadan, the CMD said: “the Hospital’s Comprehensive Health Centres in Okuku, Osun State and Sepeteri, Oyo State is where we take adequate care of patients who cannot make it to Ibadan.” He stressed that the Okuku Comprehensive Health Centre will soon commence operation so that the problems being faced by the community and its environs can be alleviated.
On COVID-19, the CMD emphasized that the virus exists, saying that people will do better if they believe that coronavirus exists. But he discouraged self-medication in the treatment of the virus and other diseases, advising that Nigerians should consult qualified doctors for proper prescription of drugs needed for the treatment of any ailments.
As a way of enhancing the fight against the COVID 19, Prof. Otegbayo urged Nigerians to adhere very strictly to the WHO and NCDC regulations for keeping safe.