Mother and Child Hospital, Akure, which was once a cynosure and benchmark in Nigeria, has become a shadow of itself and source of concern to the people of Ondo State.

Weeks into the visit and promise of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to put the hospital to its proper shape after being partly destroyed by rain, nothing significant has been done.

Human Right Groups and members of the public have slammed the state government for its delay in fixing the hospital.

In a statement signed by the General Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of the Underprivileged (MOSUP), Fesojaye Adewale, the group specifically frown over neglect of the hospital by the state government.

“The Mother and Child Hospital is in a gory sight and state of reckless abandonment after the terrible rainstorm, which blew off several roofs and buildings in the metropolis some weeks ago.

“The present administration has eroded the successes made in the health sector which had won several national and international awards in the past." The statement read in part.

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An official of the hospital who confided in our reporter said: "some of the artisans engaged by the hospital authorities to renovate the various sections destroyed by the rainstorm left the site over inadequate fund to buy materials."

Folake Akinyele, one of the patients who benefitted from the hospital during its glorious days also lamented the horrible state of the facility.

"We can now see the difference between former governor Olusegun Mimiko and Akeredolu. Today, Mother and Child Hospital has become the opposite version of what it used to be.

"Apart from the fact that it has been abandoned, the service is no more affordable by the people. It used to be free during Mimiko's time and phones were given to every expectant mothers for close monitoring.

"But today, even with your money, you are not sure of getting quality service. The environment is no more conducive. The staffs are not friendly and that is why people stopped going there for delivery."

However, the state commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro says relevant authorities will give priority to the health sector.

Adegbenro said this while receiving the Rotary International who visited the ministry on the need to reduce maternal and child mortality.

It was gathered that fund allocation has not been released to the hospital since the assumption of the current administration in 2017 which forced the hospital management to monetise its services.

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