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Ekiti State governor and the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said governors are exploring private sector investment in efficient healthcare funding in the country.

Fayemi said, “As a nation, we have to master a difficult balancing act between dwindling resources and an increasing population against a background of decades of low investment infrastructure.”

He said, “Private sector investment may therefore be our most sustainable option to fund an efficient healthcare system and we are already exploring this at the level of the NGF which I currently chair.”

The governor, who spoke in a letter dated May 6, entitled, Re: Open letter to Fayemi – How negligence, lack of PPE and oxygen killed my mother at EKSUTH,” said that he ordered immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

John Oluwadero, a pharmacist, had in an open letter to the governor, complained about alleged circumstances surrounding the death of his mother, Mrs Bolanle Oluwadero, at EKSUTH.

But the governor, who condoled with the family on the passage, stated, “I am convinced that contrary to the report, there were no deliberate acts of negligence in the management process,” adding, “I can also confirm that there was no shortage of oxygen or PPEs before, during or after the sad incident at the emergency room.”

Fayemi said, “In spite of our excruciating financial challenges, my administration has always prioritised the safety, protection and well being of our citizens.

“Health and human services sector is 12 per cent of this year’s budget while we are targeting an increase to at least 18 per cent of the total budget in subsequent years,” the governor said.

He disclosed that since COVID-19 began, the state had procured “large quantities of PPEs, surgical masks, clinical gloves, infrared thermometers, automatic dispensers of hand sanitisers and Veronica buckets for hand washing, all of which are readily available at various service points.”

The governor assured that “government would continue to ensure that the hospitals and all our healthcare centres work towards an improved and responsible health system, which will be of great benefit to the generality of the people.”

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