The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, has charged public health workers to act professionally and render efficient services to members of the public at all times.
Ipaye made this submission in Abeokuta during the official opening of the 1st Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference organised by the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, Ogun State in collaboration with the Society for Public Health Professionals, Ogun State Chapter, with the theme, ‘’Communicable and Non-Communicable Disease Burden in Nigeria: Challenges and The Way Forward.’’
He reminded the health professionals of the importance of the sector on the socio-economic wellbeing of the people and the need for them to discharge their duties according to the dictate of the profession, saying, efficient and selfless service, would go a long way in repositioning the sector in the State.
According to him, productivity in the health sector requires that, doctors have input in the production process before getting the desired results, adding that, ability and motivation were other key elements at promoting productivity, just as cost analysis was also essential in maximising productivity within the health sector to ensure value for money.
‘’Productivity requires that you have the input, you have the production process, before you can get the output. Productivity will also require that you have two key elements, ability and motivation that should drive the process.
‘’In maximising productivity within the health sector and ensuring value for money, you need to understand and believe there is cost attached to it, therefore you need to do what is called cost analysis. In doing cost analysis, the first thing to focus on should not be what do I need, but what should I use and what I have to produce,’’ Ipaye said.
The Commissioner also listed competitiveness as a key driver of productivity, suggesting that industrial analysis and the need to trend clients in the health sector, would not only make health manager adopt new strategies to meet the expectation of their customers, but would also make them to be more efficient in performing their functions.
In a lecture delivered by a retired Professor of Medicine, Prof. Soyinka Alausa, categorised diseases into communicable and non-communicable, noting that diseases like Lassa fever, Chicken Pox, Tuberculosis, Monkey Pox, Ebola etc, were contagious and could be contracted through formal contact or sharing sharp objects with the carriers.
While advising the people to be wary of these deadly diseases, Alausa said they could be controlled through elimination, modification of the ecology, improvement in standard of living condition of the people, appropriate use of anti-microbial agents/vaccines and good nutrition.
In his goodwill message, the President, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, Dr. Olorunfemi Amoran, expressed gratitude to the Governor Ibikunle Amosun – led administration for its giants strides in the health sector, promising that the association will do all within its capacity to help in achieving the efficient and affordable healthcare delivery policy of the government.