Oyetola opens $ 500,000 comprehensive eye care center in Osogbo
… says the health of citizens is the top priority of his government
Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
As part of efforts to improve the well-being of his state’s residents and expand access to quality eye services in the state, Osun Governor Adegboyega Oyetola recently inaugurated the health center Newly rehabilitated and revitalized full eyepieces in Osogbo.
The new eye care center located on the premises of Osogbo State Specialized Hospital is a joint project of the Osun State Government and Lions Club International, Multiple District 404 Nigeria.
The initiative aimed to provide comprehensive ophthalmic, medical, surgical and optical eye care services to citizens and residents of neighboring states.
It should be remembered that in February 2019 Governor Oyetola signed a memorandum of understanding with Lions Club International, Multiple District 404, to revitalize the eye care center to better serve the people of the state.
Commissioning the center, Governor Oyetola said treatment and eye care remains a critical part of his administration’s health initiative.
He added that the initiative was one of the many accomplishments of his administration over its three years of existence, noting that the health and well-being of the population remains a top priority for his government.
On how the Comprehensive Eye Center came into being, Oyetola said, “In 2019, the state government entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Lions Club International to erect a fully equipped and complete eye care center. to employ competent and qualified staff, including specialist ophthalmic consultants to ensure universal eye health for all.
“The eye is undoubtedly the light of the body and a good and functioning eye is an important part of our daily life.
“In view of this truism, our administration adopted The Eye Care Project in conjunction with the Lions Club International to establish a comprehensive, high quality and well-equipped eye care center for the use of the citizens of the State of. ‘Osun and beyond to the state specialist. Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo, to provide comprehensive ophthalmological, medical, surgical and optical eye care services.
“Although the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the main reasons for the delay in opening this eye care center, we are grateful to God that the project has been completed and is now ready for use, to where our gathering here today for the grand opening.
“This initiative is one of the many accomplishments of our administration during its three years of existence.
“I would like to note that the Lions Club International, with the full support of my government, has renovated an existing structure at the Asubiaro State Specialized Hospital in Osogbo and equipped the building with state-of-the-art equipment in the aim to provide excellent eye services to our people.
“Some staff have been trained in India to provide clinical services as well as equipment maintenance services.
“Our government has also given its approval for the employment of key technical personnel and has facilitated the customs clearance of imported equipment to be used in the Center,” Oyetola added.
Speaking earlier, the governor’s special adviser on public health, pharmacist Olasiji Olamiju, said the project was another testament to Oyetola’s unprecedented commitment to the well-being and good health of the population.
Olamiju, who revealed that around US $ 500,000 had been spent to revitalize the center, said “that it is not only built, but that it is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that will allow adequate treatment.
“It’s a center where you can take care of the referral. This will complement our efforts to provide the population with quality, qualitative and affordable health services ”.
In his remarks, the District Governor of Lion Clubs International District 404 B2 Nigeria, Kayode Oshinuga, congratulated Governor Oyetola for the express approval given to the realization of the dream of the project.
He said the commissioning of the project was another giant leap in the history of charitable projects undertaken by Lions clubs, as it adds to the growing list of the club’s proud interventions in all areas of health. public and welfare.
“I can only commend the support and cooperation of the Osun government during the construction and equipping of this project. We are confident that the project will be put to good use for the benefit of communities, ”Oshinuga said.
In his welcome speech, the project’s president, Lion Kola Oyekanmi, congratulated the administration of Governor Oyetola for having invested heavily in the health sector since taking office.
Oyekanmi, who described the project as a welcome development to boost the health sector, noted that it would go a long way in improving eye care services in the state.