By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
The new Chairman of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, (APBN), Ondo State Chapter, Prince Adeyinka Adedire, has lauded efforts of the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led- state government for the ongoing clearing and channelisation of waterways and drainages that capable of preventing flooding in the state especially in Akure.
The APBN Chairman gave the commendation at the weekend after an interactive meeting of the new executives and all chairmen of member bodies of the Association at ICAN house, Alagbaka, Akure.
Prince Adedire specifically pointed out the construction of levee by the government aimed at channeling water runoff to avert flooding in Akure.
The APBN Boss while attributing pollution and indiscriminate dumping of garbages into drains and waterways as the major environmental factor contributing to flooding, encouraged the government to intensify efforts by investing in public education initiative that will enlighten the public on the major causes and hazard of flooding, and the different mitigation measures that will reduce its effect.
The medical laboratory expert who said that bundles of garbages dumped incessantly can clog and obstruct the natural flow of rivers and streams, also admonished the government to improve and enforce its policies that will check illicit disposal of waste.
He however charged the state government to extend the flood control and management efforts to every part of Akure in particular and Ondo state in general.
In the area of healthcare delivery, Prince Adedire eulogised Akeredolu’s initiative at securing about 2.1 billion dollars worth of new medical equipment from a United States of American based non-profit making organization.
Prince Adedire who is also a Leader of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) in the state, also expressed delight over the government’s pronouncement of free health care services and the creation of five (5) additional mother and child hospitals in the state.
The State Chairman of APBN however emphasized the need to ensure training and retraining of qualified and licensed health workers that will handle the equipments.
Prince Adedire advised the governor to put in place a well planned and managed maintenance programme that will keep the medical equipment reliable, safe and available at all times for diagnostic procedures, therapy, treatment and monitoring of patients.
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