As part of efforts to enhance the well-being of his constituents, the Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District in the Senate, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice has donated a 24-bed obstetric hospital to his home town, Oka Akoko in Akoko South/West Local Government Area.
Boroffice, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, said the need to provide adequate health care for his people motivated him to carry out the project which was one of the projects he intends to execute.
He said: “My constituency needs facilities for health delivery, more so as health is one of the aims of the Millennium Development Goals.
“Though it is called obstetric care hospital, it also has a maternity facility,” he said.
Some features of the obstetric centre include operating theatre, delivery room, antenatal ward; doctors’ consulting rooms, nurses residential quarters and electric-motorised wheel chairs.
It also has pharmacy department, medical records department, waiting room for patients, 24-hour solar-powered electricity, solar-driven borehole for potable water, even as all rooms and offices have air-conditioners.
The Senator said the project would be handed over to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owo for optimal use.
According to him, the centre will later be expanded when more doctors are available.
He promised to make financial provisions for the health centre his priority, saying he would not abandon it.
In his remarks, a member representing Akoko Southeast/Southwest Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Babatunde Kolawole said the project is commendable.
Kolawole noted that the centre would bring medical care to the doorsteps of residents of the constituency unlike before when they had to travel to Owo to access health care.
He said the facility would also reduce the risk associated with travelling to a far place to receive medical treatment.
The Olubaka of Oka-Akoko, Oba Adebori Adeleye noted that the project would have positive impact in the lives of members of the constituency, saying it was people-oriented.
The monarch said: “This is better than when politicians give out money. I urge you to make judicious use of the facility. I also encourage Senator Boroffice not to relent in his efforts to make life significant for members of his constituency.
Earlier, the Acting Head of Clinical Services, FMC, Owo, Dr Kunle Adesokan said the Senator had brought quality tertiary health care to members of the constituency.
Adesokan said FMC Owo would ensure availability of skilled personnel at the centre.
He called for provision of facilities and equipment needed for basic surgical and obstetric procedures and the ability to make diagnostic test and enhance medical and paediatric consultations.
According to him, there must be plan for maintenance of the equipment, even as he said the facilities would be expanded and upgraded.
Dr Adesokan expressed his optimism that if the seed of the project is well watered and nurtured, it would blossom and be beneficial for all and sundry.
The Chairman of the project committee, Alfred Omosola said the project was just a tip of the iceberg when compared with other ones facilitated by the Senator in the constituency.
Some of the projects, Omosola said, include Biofuel Ethanol Plant, Ajowa, the Incubation Centre, Iwaro Oka and skill acquisition centre, Oka, among others.
He said the health care facility was another landmark achievement of Senator Boroffice for his constituents.
The Chairman, Akoko Consultative Forum (ACF) in Akoko Northwest Local Government Area, Mr. Christopher Olorunfemi, described the project as a good development, saying it would enhance the health status of the citizens.
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Author: Damisi Ojo