The Oyo State Government on Tuesday said the plan is in top gear to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the China government on improving the healthcare service development in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Azeez Adeduntan stated this during a Ministerial Press briefing held at the Film Theatre of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.
The agreement according to the commissioner includes the provision of equipment, facilities and personnel to enhance and improve the efforts of the state government in transforming and repositioning the healthcare service delivery of the people of the state.
Adeduntan added that the state government would from next month commence the disbursement of monies redeemed from the health endowment fund towards the rehabilitation of hospitals across the state.
The commissioner noted that the rehabilitation exercise scheduled to commence at Adeoyo State Hospital, Ring Road, Ibadan was part of effort to upgrade the facility to world class standard, Adeduntan disclosed said although, the state government received pledges close to a billion naira at the launching of the endowment fund, less than N100 million has been redeemed.
He maintained that no money had been spent so far from all the redeemed pledges and that the government is also considering the option of Public Private Partnership arrangement in the management of some of the state-owned hospital facilities for improved healthcare service delivery.