By Mojisola Oladele 

The Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Prince Adewale Egbedun has called for continued collaboration and commitment to universal health coverage and the promotion of the fundamental human right to health. 

Prince Egbedun made the call while hosting the delegation of the World Health Organisation, WHO, at the Assembly Complex, as part of the programmes lined up to commemorate 2024 World Health Day in the State.

Prince Egbedun emphasized that The Osun State House of Assembly’s recent approval and passage of the Osun State Primary Health Care Development Board Law Amendment further demonstrates the state’s commitment to achieving the highest attainable level of health for all residents of Osun State and improving health outcomes.

Emphasizing the importance of accessible and quality healthcare, the Speaker recalled the state’s recent renovation of the Osun Assembly Clinic, despite financial constraints, the renovation was prioritized to uphold the fundamental right of assembly staff and members to good healthcare within the complex.

Speaking in line with this year’s theme: MY HEALTH MY RIGHT,  the State Coordinator, the World Health Organization, WHO, Doctor Oluwatoyin Ojediran said the theme was chosen to Champion the right of everyone everywhere to have access to Quality Health Service, Education and Information as well as safe drinking water, Clean Air, Good Nutrition, quality housing decent working and Environment Condition and freedom from discrimination.

Doctor Ojediran Urged the Speaker and other Legislators of the State House of Assembly to uphold the Abuja Declaration of 2001, which encourages governments to allocate at least 15% of their annual budget to improve the health sector. 

She urged the Legislators to personally and collectively commit more resources to the health system in their Constituencies and the State at large with a view to scaling up efforts to build and strengthen quality, people-oriented, sustainable and resilient health systems.

Also in a remark, The State Commissioner for Health, Mr. Jola Akintola explained that the remarkable achievements made in the health sector by Governor Ademola Adeleke are evident in the Imole Free Surgical and Medical Outreach held across the State for Residents.

Mr.Akintola Commended the 8th Assembly and appreciated the World Health Organization, WHO for thier support towards revamping the health sector of the State.

Highlights of the event included a medical check, deliberations on health issues and group photographs of the guest with members of the Osun State House of Assembly.

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