The Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade has expressed concerns over the citing of University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital in the ancient town of Ondo by the state government.
The Deji who was addressing a meeting convened by the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi at the Governor’s office, said Akure community houses 40 per cent of the population of ondo state and as such deserves the right to serve as headquarters of any would be or interested Teaching Hospital and not an annex.
The monarch, who was responding to appeals by the Deputy Governor on the need to cite the Teaching Hospital outside Akure kingdom, lamented that Akure is the only state capital without a Teaching Hospital.
It will be recalled that the Ondo State Government on Thursday sought the support of the people of Akure kingdom on its move to establish a State Teaching Hospital in Ondo town.
The Deputy Governor, while appealing to the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, Akure High Chiefs and some prominent sons and daughters of the ancient town sought the cooperation of the people on the need to see reason with the government’s decision.
Ajayi allayed the fear of the people that making the State Specialist Hospital in Akure a component of the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital in Ondo would denied the kingdom the great opportunity of clinching a Teaching Hospital for the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) medical school.
According to him, the idea of the government in making all the medical villages, which include Akure Specialist Hospital component for teaching hospital is because of the first set of intakes of UNIMED, who are in 400 level and who are due for their clinical.
He assured that “the government is not taking away the hospital and would ensure a fair play in the interest of all affected communities”.
The government, he said, will also assist FUTA with provision of needed facilities when it contacts her for the take off of its Medical School and that Akure State Specialist Hospital, being a component of the Teaching hospital will not be deterred by such development.
The deputy governor therefore called for the support of Akure people and leaders in order to make the Teaching Hospital a dream come true.
He also expressed appreciation of the immense contribution of Akure and other communities to the success of this administration.
He however urged the people to discard any media report which may tend to misrepresent the view of the Government about the Teaching Hospital at any point.