Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has said that his administration is fighting against the “Japa syndrome” by creating an enabling environment to retain health professionals in the state.
Adeleke said this at the official inauguration of the Osun Health Insurance Scheme Office Complex in Abere, Osogbo, saying that his government has approved the full payment of hazard allowances to all health staff as approved by the Federal Government.
He said, ”We have targeted action against japa syndrome.
“Our government has approved the full payment of hazard allowances to all our health staff as approved by the Federal Government.
“We also intend to replace all healthcare workers that have left with new ones with improved packages.
“And this had been adequately appropriated for in the 2024 budget.”
The governor also said that all healthcare workers that have left will be replaced with new ones with improved packages, as adequately appropriated for in the 2024 budget.
The governor added that his administration planned to renovate all three hundred and thirty-two focal primary health centres and some comprehensive health centres in the state, adding that the OHIS office complex being inaugurated was to create an environment conducive to the administration of health insurance policies for better health for Osun citizens.
“Our government recognises the importance of health insurance and intends to reduce or even eliminate out-of-pocket payment for treatment in the hospitals.
“That is the reason for making it compulsory for all political office holders to enrol in the Osun Health Insurance Scheme, in addition to civil servants who are also compulsorily enrolled.
“I want to use this opportunity to encourage the informal sector, traders, artisans, businessmen, unions etc to key into the programme,” he added.