Immediate-past Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday, February 12 commissioned the ultramodern Bola Tinubu Primary Health Care Centre, Akowonjo upgraded by the Hon. Jelili Sulaimon-led administration in Alimosho Local Government Area.
The PHC facility includes a maternity unit, family planning, child welfare, DOT, clinic, dental and eye clinic, pharmacy unit, laboratory services, scan unit and NPI unit.
Speaking at the commissioning, Aregbesola commended the LGA Chairman, Hon. Sulaimon, for staying true to the ideals of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as laid down by its leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for whom the primary health centre is named.
Aregbesola, who is regarded as the APC leader in Alimosho, said, “I commend the chairman for his vision and his unmistakable commitment to our tradition.
“What was here before now could not be noticed by anybody; it was a very small, tiny, nondescript health centre that though over the years served the people.”
He added, “(Sulaimon) has built an ultramodern health care facility that will serve the people of this community most effectively.”
He appealed to the council staff to support the chairman to ensure that “good health care service is rendered” at the facility.
Aregbesola further appealed to Alimosho people to own the facility to derive maximum benefit from it.
The Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos E. Trejo Sosa, also lauded Sulaimon for showing commitment to the health and wellbeing of his people through the upgrade of the primary health care facility.
Sosa promised to look into requests made by the council boss for support from the government and people of Cuba in terms of health personnel for the PHC and education officers for the council’s primary schools.
He implored the facility’s workers to treat patients visiting the centre as human beings in need and not as clients.
Sosa said, “Medicine is not a business and patients are not clients; they are human beings in need.
“We hope that with our collaboration in the future, we can reinforce in our people the ideals of working for humanity and not working for money.”
Sosa, who traced his ancestry to Nigeria, disclosed that the Cuban nation which he represented was ready to share its experiences and resources with the people of Alimosho.
“There is a university of medical services in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. There is another Cuban international medical school in Timor-Leste. These are very, very far away.
“So I was wondering, why not one in Nigeria? Why not in Alimosho?” he quipped.
Earlier, the Alimosho Chairman, Hon. Jelili Sulaimon, described the achievement as a bye-product of the heroic efforts of Tinubu and Aregbesola.
He said, “The achievements seen so far in Alimosho local government, including the health facility we are here to commission, are all premised on the solid development framework and direction set by the duo of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
“Our pact with history as we are doing today is a key-in to that vision to take the local government to the next level of development.”
Sulaimon disclosed that his administration was actively seeking enduring partnerships with representatives of governments, groups and organisations to ensure sustainable development of Alimosho in the areas of “industrialisation, investment, trade, education exchange programmes, health, housing among others”.
Dignitaries present at the event included member representing Alimosho Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Adebanjo; member representing Alimosho Constituency 01 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Bisi Yusuf; and APC candidate for Alimosho Constituency 02, Hon. Kehinde Joseph.
Others included prominent Alimosho APC leaders, Hon. Abdullahi Enilolobo and Hon. Jimoh Ajao; and Onishasha of Shasha Kingdom, Oba Babatunde Ogunrombi.