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Despite the promise of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun to improve health facilities in the state since he was sworn in on May 29, 2019, investigations have shown that residents of Ewekoro Local Government still lack access to good health center.
Ewekoro local government has been the hub of cement production in Ogun State where Lafarge and Dangote group of companies have been benefiting from its natural resources since 1959.
When PLATFORM TIMES visited the Itori General Hospital in the area of Ewekoro Local Government, it was observed that the hospital was almost converted to a farmland as its compound was used to cultivate cassava, corn and vegetables.
Peeling walls, broken gates and benches, shortage of staffs, inadequate power supply, lack of health equipments and faded signpost that partly introduced the hospital to visitors seemed to be neglected by the state government.
The hospital has three structures. The main building was abandoned except its staffs parking space, while the other buildings has about four rooms each which served as wards.
Sources within the environment hinted that, delivery and treatment of diseases in the hospital were complicated as the hospital suffers from shortage of staff and neat environment.
The sources lamented that residents within the hospital environment travel several Kilometers to other hospitals before they could get medical attention, even on emergency cases.
A resident, Mrs Kolawole who narrated her experience in the hospital told PLATFORM TIMES that the hospital serves many communities in the Local Government.
She said “The last time my neighbour went there for delivery, it was hell on earth, her husband was about taking her away due to some excuses given by the hospital staff, the main building is now abandoned and that is not supposed to be.
“Lack of proper management is also killing the hospital, look at the compound it may interest you that, patients buy candles for the hospital, meanwhile the local government is just about five to seven minutes to the hospital”.
Another student of ICT Adegbenro polytechnic who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES on condition of anonymity said “we students don’t even bother visiting the hospital, because we have several encounter with the staff.
“Although the private hospital bill is too expensive but when the government couldn’t provide adequate facilities at the General Hospital we don’t have choice than to visit the private ones.
” The Government needs to restructure the way hospitals are operating in Nigeria “