Oyo State Reviews Minimum Service Package for Primary Healthcare Facilities

From Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan 

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The Oyo State Government has commenced the process of reviewing the Minimum Health Service Package (MSP) that patients can access at Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) across the state.

 

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Delivering a speech at the review meeting in Oyo Town, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Oluwaserimi Ajetunmobi, said the minimum service package needed to be standardised, revealing that the primary objective of the review meeting was to meet the basic health needs of the entire people of the state.

 

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade, Dr Ajetunmobi hinted that the intiative was a priority set of interventions which should be provided in PHCs across the state on a daily basis, at little or no cost, saying the government was on the verge of addressing human resource gap in the primary healthcare facilities.

 

Ajetunmobi noted that the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration had shown unflinching commitment to the health sector since it came on board in 2019, asserting that the commitment of the governor to the health sector of the state was targeted at improving the health indices and the level of the health status of residents of the state.

 

She said: “The Minimum Health Service Package (MSP) according to the Federal Government policy is described as a priority set of interventions which should be provided in PHCs on a daily basis, at all times, and at little or no cost to clients, through government financing mechanisms.

 

“MSP is basically deployed to meet the needs of the entire population in Oyo State, where resources are limited, by aggregating services together. The MSP minimises costs, both of the services as well as for patients to receive the services,” Ajetunmobi stated.

 

She disclosed that the Seyi Makinde-led administration was also making frantic efforts to ensure that government health facilities were adequately equipped so that the people of Oyo State could enjoy appropriate and qualitative health care.

 

Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Muideen Olatunji, reiterated the commitment of Governor Makinde at ensuring the delivery of quality healthcare at primary healthcare facilities in the state.

 

Olatunji disclosed that the government had completed the renovation of 210 primary healthcare facilities out of the 351 facilities under the watch of the board.

 

He explained that the Minimum Service Package (MSP) is a constitutional requirement that must be acknowledged by relevant stakeholders.

 

The meeting had in attendance, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Olusoji Adeyanju; the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA), Dr Olusola Akande; and the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Agency for Control of Aids (OYSACA), Dr Lanre Abass, amongst others.
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