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Ogun creates role for monarchs in health care delivery

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Ogun creates role for monarchs in health care delivery

Post  Admin on Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:38 pm

TO ensure effective health care delivery service and also reduce maternal mortality, the Ogun State Government has begun moves to set up a "Traditional Rulers Health Committee."

Among other things, the committee, which membership will comprise only traditional rulers, would educate their subjects on the importance of seeking medical attention at the hospitals instead of rushing to herbalists or churches to seek cure for their ailments.

The decision was arrived at in Abeokuta yesterday at the end of a sensitisation workshop organised for monarchs in the state to seek their assistance in government's healthcare delivery efforts.

The rulers are also to ensure that all quack doctors operating in their domains are flushed out, besides liaising with the government to ensure the provision of adequate health facilities in their areas.

The Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Development Board, Mr. Toyin Alatise, in his opening remarks at the seminar disclosed that research had shown that 800 people die daily from malaria related diseases, mostly women in Nigeria.

The Osile of Oke-Ona, Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, a medical doctor, in his remarks, called for re-introduction of Health Inspectors (wole-wole) who, in the past, played a major role in the health care of the people. Those health inspectors moved from house to house on daily basic to ensure that basic hygienic tenets are adhered to.

Oba Tejuoso explained: "What is important is that we must ensure that everyone lives in a clean environment where there are no breeding grounds for mosquitoes. That is why I strongly suggest the return of wole-wole."

Another monarch who is also a medical doctor, Oba O. O. Fagbemiro, stated that one of the major problems confronting the society is the wrong belief of many Nigerians that somebody is always behind any sickness that befall them, so they prefer to seek treatment at herbalists' homes instead of the hospital.

He cited cases where some pregnant women in his domain, despite all advice, decided to deliver in the church instead of the hospital, resulting in "disaster".

To ensure proper health care in their domains, Oba Fagbemiro advised his colleagues not to allow any quack doctor to operate in their domains, and also not allow doctors to handle cases outside their specialisation. He added that the monarchs should liaise with the state government to ensure that health facilities are provided in their areas.


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Re: Ogun creates role for monarchs in health care delivery

Post  Admin on Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:39 pm

whatever happened to those "wolewoles" of yonder years. Question Question


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