Governor of Osun, Gboyega Oyetola has said his administration would leave no stone unturned in the struggle to combat the misuse of antibiotics among the citizenry.
The governor spoke at the inauguration ceremony of the Osun Antimicrobial Resistance Action Committee and multisectoral symposium with the theme, ‘Stewards for the Future: Stop Overuse and Misuse of Antibiotics’ in Osogbo on Friday.
The governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Public Health, Pharmacist Olasiji Olamiju said anti-microbial resistance is a serious public health challenge that requires joint effort to combat, adding that the state cannot afford to be static when the whole world has gone dynamic concerning the menace.
Oyetola stated that his concern for the good health of all Osun people is second to none, as this was what prompted the government to embark on revitalisation and refurbishment of 332 public health centres across the state.
He specifically tasked professionals in the health sector, to be more proactive and be abreast of the current trend at reducing the misuse of antibiotics in the discharge of their duties by stepping up enlightenment and awareness campaigns.
He then pledged the government’s unalloyed support to the committee in their effort to reduce the menace, adding that they will be called upon every three month to render accounts of their stewardship.
Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, enjoined people not to use any antibiotics without getting doctor’s prescription no matter how highly placed they might be.
He urged the students present at the symposium who were randomly picked from schools across the state to educate their parents on the dangers of engaging in self-medication and misuse of antibiotics.
Also, the Executive Secretary, Osun Health Insurance Scheme (O’HIS), Dr Niyi Oginni who doubles as the secretary of the newly inaugurated committee said his agency is doing its best to address poverty among the people.
He said O’HIS came into being specifically to ensure that people get adequate health care without taking money from their pockets.