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COMMISSIONING OF 187 SOLAR DIRECT DRIVE COLD CHAIN EQUIPMENT

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Text of the Address by His Excellency, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, CON
Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria on the occasion of the COMMISSIONING OF 187 SOLAR DIRECT DRIVE COLD CHAIN EQUIPMENT at Ekiti State Central Medical Stores
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

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COMMISSIONING OF 187 SOLAR DIRECT DRIVE COLD CHAIN EQUIPMENT

  1. 1. Page 1 of 5 Text of the Address by His Excellency Dr. Kayode Fayemi, CON Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria on the occasion of the COMMISSIONING OF 187 SOLAR DIRECT DRIVE COLD CHAIN EQUIPMENT at Ekiti State Central Medical Stores Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Protocols 1. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am highly delighted to be in your midst today on this auspicious occasion of the Commissioning of 187 Solar Direct Drive Cold Chain Equipment in our dear State. This is another milestone in the history of healthcare delivery in Ekiti State. No doubt, this further testifies to our efforts as a government in our continued quest at repositioning the health sector and make qualitative healthcare services available and accessible to Ekiti-kete. 2. We are here today to witness yet another remarkable result of our partnerships with the Federal Government. As a responsible and responsive government, we believe health is wealth, hence, we do not joke with the good health of our people. We gave our word that in Ekiti State, things would only continue to get better and the
  2. 2. Page 2 of 5 commissioning of these cold chain equipment is an attestation to the fulfilment of our promise to Ekiti-Kete. 3. The Cold Chain equipment that we are commissioning today, means coordinated events in temperature controlled environments to store, manage and transport the lifesaving products otherwise known as vaccines which must be continuously stored in limited temperature range from the time they are manufactured until the moment of vaccination. 4. Ladies and gentlemen, in my New Year address to the good people of Ekiti State, I informed you that we had procured Solar-Powered Refrigerators which would be available in the State as from January, 2021. The total number of refrigerators expected is two hundred and thirty-one (231), while one hundred and eighty-seven (187) have just been received, we are awaiting the remaining forty- four (44) any moment from now. This is in a bid to boost Cold Chain System management and facilitate uninterrupted availability and distribution of vaccines in their optimal storage temperature and quality that will enhance our immunization activities towards curbing preventable deaths and attainment of health for all. The ideal of immunization is to ensure that no child less than five years or pregnant woman is left out of vaccination processes in our efforts to improve the neonatal, infant and maternal health indices. 5. This is another promise made and kept, as our people will have better access to life saving vaccines to safeguard them against avoidable death due to infectious diseases. This was made possible through collaborative and counterpart funding of the State with the Federal Government. 6. You will recall our proactive efforts in the preparedness and containment of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 through our
  3. 3. Page 3 of 5 various collaborations and investments in health infrastructure that included but not limited to procurement of the Modular Laboratory for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases testing, renovation of One Secondary and Twenty (20) Primary Health Facilities with more still in the waiting list; and upgrading and equipping of the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital for the containment of all infectious diseases. All these are to ensure that our people are safe from untimely and avoidable death from infectious diseases. 7. The average National figures of maternal mortality ratio of 512/1000, infant mortality of 67/100,000 and Under five years old mortality of 132/100,000 are unacceptable to us in Ekiti State, hence our intent for all of these investments in health services to improve the maternal and child mortality ratios which had hitherto suffered a set-back immediately after our first administration. We intend to reverse the abysmal trend of our health data in the remaining years of this administration as we have put mechanisms in place for sustainability through the State Health Insurance Scheme which we launched on 10th July, 2020 in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage. Our State Health Insurance Scheme is a process that ensures that people have access to needed preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services that will be effective and of sufficient quality, while also ensuring that people do not suffer financial hardship when paying for these services. 8. The Basic Health Care Provision Fund is yet another strategy employed by our administration for funding infrastructural, personnel, health commodities and equipment requirements of one health facility per Political Ward. With over Three Hundred Million Naira(N300,000,000.00) set aside, One Hundred and Seventy-Seven (177) health facilities in all the Wards have been selected to benefit from the fund and the money has been disbursed
  4. 4. Page 4 of 5 to the State Account for commencement of the programme in the first quarter of this 2021. 9. In order to make the Programme effective, I approved the recruitment of medical officers in October, 2020 which was done to ensure that all Local Government Areas of Ekiti State have doctors to attend to their health care needs. 10. At this juncture, let me express the profound appreciation of our State to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency through my friend and brother, the Executive Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib for the strong partnerships and collaborative efforts with Ekiti State. It is on note that our achievements in health and high Immunization coverage especially the well rated yellow fever mass preventive vaccination held in January 2020, introduction of the meningitis’ and second dose of measles’ vaccines into our routine immunization schedules amongst others, is a testimony to the disposition of our government to health matters which occupy a vantage position in our Restoration Agenda. 11. I also wish to appreciate the relentless efforts of our partners, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and a host of others for their support without whom our success stories in healthcare services would be incomplete. Their invaluable contribution to COVID-19 containment is a special icing on the cake of our collective preparedness. 12. I salute our front line health workers and the generality of health personnel for their various roles of saving lives of our dear people. Your efforts at this critical period of COVID-19 pandemic are commendable and may God reward your good deeds to the State and its people. Without being immodest, I am proud of our Medical Practitioners in Ekiti State. You keep demonstrating
  5. 5. Page 5 of 5 uncommon attribute of Omoluabi as you discharge your duty. Please keep it up! Once again, I appreciate you all. 13. Let me also commend the Honourable Commissioner for Health, who has since his inauguration brought to the fore his wealth of experience as a Technocrat and Health Financing Manager to the implementation of Health programmes in line with our vision and mission for better healthcare delivery in Ekiti State. Thank you for a job well-done! 14. Ladies and gentlemen, on this note, it is my privilege and honour to officially commission the Solar Direct Drive Cold Chain Equipment to the Glory of God and for the benefit of our people. 15. Thank you all and God bless. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, CON Governor

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