No fewer than 10 primary health centres in Osogbo, the Osun State capital recently benefited from medical equipment worth over N1 million donated by a foreign society group, the Sisters Cities International.
The health centres include the ones at Okebale, Olugunna, Enikaoyun, Ota-Efun, Oke Abesu, Odiolowo and Ilie. Also, the international project of the Osogbo Ashville Sister Cities Association (OASCA), the Atelewo Model Primary Health Centre (PHC) with Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) facilities, the state hospital at Asubiaro and the Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) Department of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, benefited from the gesture.
The donation was facilitated by the Osogbo Ashville Sister Cities Association (OASCA). Speaking during the distribution of the medical equipment to the health centres, the Chairman of OASCA, Dr Oluseyi Atanda, revealed that they were carefully selected after a background investigation on their relevance and patronage by the public as well as their deficiencies in some areas.
He further revealed that the intervention would strengthen health care delivery services in communities within Osogbo. According to him, the gesture was as a result of the collaboration between OASCA and Sister Cities International in order to improve the lives of residents, especially mothers, children and the youth in the communities.
Atanda added that the medical equipment comprises labour and delivery instruments, paediatrics and anesthesiology, apart from surgical gowns and drapes. He said: “It is my belief that the service providers in the facilities, project implementation committee and the local governments will ensure that the equipment is judiciously used to achieve the purpose for which they were provided.”
He acknowledged that the event is historical; saying it will improve the health status of residents. Atanda, who noted that the event was first of its kind, maintained that it was the largest medical supplies from Asheville to Osogbo community.
He further said: “Sister Cities International has facilitated assistance to over 550 communities in and outside the United States of America. The organisation has over 2, 000 partnerships in 136 countries. “Asheville Sister Cities Incorporated is a member of SCI with seven cities relationships spread across the world and we are proud to be the 6th and only city in a relationship with Asheville in Nigeria.” The Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanioekun Oyetuni, Larooye II, represented by one of his chiefs, Bashorun Tunde Akanni, praised SCI for its gesture, promising to monitor the utilisation of the equipment. Also, the National President, Osogbo Progressive Union, Ambassador Adul-Rasaq Siyanbola, advised the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the equipment.