The state has recorded tremendous improvement in infrastructural deficit, reduced brain drain and curbed medical tourism in the past three years.

Credit to these giant strides goes in part to the Contributory Health Scheme and ‘Kaadi Igbe Ayo’ (KAI).

Chief Medical Director, Ondo State University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital Complex (UNIMEDTHC), Dr. Oluwole Ige, who made this disclosure at an interactive session with journalists, noted that a lot still has to be done to place the healthcare standard at the desired level.

“We are not there yet, but still we have moved forward from where we started and we will continue to improve. Overall, the balance of the whole thing, I think we are progressing “.

“There is a demand for more healthcare and the issues of health personnel is low to the need of the population. One of the ways to bridge that gap is to bring personnel from outside the country or to look for them within.”

According to him, in the entire South West, it was only the state that did not have a medical school.

“When this present administration came on board, it started a teaching hospital. By this March, it will be exactly three years that we started a teaching hospital in Ondo”.


The Ondo State University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital Complex has been described as the fastest growing teaching hospital in the country.

Furthermore, the institution  secured twenty (20) post graduate accreditations across departments,  “This is the fastest growing teaching hospital in Nigeria. There is no teaching hospital in Nigeria with the history that we had. We were able to get over 20 post-graduate accreditations across departments. With this, we will be graduating our medical students in record time. We have improved on surgical, spinal, neurology services that we didn’t have before. These services are now on the ground, solving the problem of our patients.”

He corrected the misconception that the conversion of state hospitals to teaching hospitals would further be a disservice to the treatment of minor health cases.

“We upgraded medical facilities but still attend to those minor cases “.

Chief Medical Director of Mother and Child Hospital, Ondo, Dr. Olumide Gbala, said the state had made giant strides with the government’s Contributory Healthcare Scheme, Abiyamo Maternal and Child Health Scheme, among others.

He commended Governor Rotimi Akeredolu,  for his magnanimity in bringing on board the state’s healthcare system, more medical personnel.

“We have been making some giant strides on these and the governor is so magnanimous to accommodate more new personnel across board.”

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