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Adeleke initiates measures to curb ‘Japa syndrome’ among health professionals in Osun

Governor Adeleke Prioritizes Retention Strategies and Comprehensive Health Sector Revamp

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Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has unveiled strategic initiatives to counter the trend of health professionals seeking opportunities abroad, commonly referred to as the ‘japa syndrome.’ Speaking at the inauguration of the Osun Health Insurance Scheme office complex in Abere, Osogbo, the governor outlined measures aimed at creating an enabling environment to retain healthcare workers within the state.

Governor Adeleke emphasized the approval of hazard allowances, aligning with the Federal Government’s standards, and highlighted the intention to replace departed healthcare workers with new recruits, offering improved packages. He assured that the necessary allocations for these initiatives were included in the 2024 budget.

Additionally, the governor revealed plans for the renovation of all 332 focal primary health centers and several comprehensive health centers in the state. The Osun Health Insurance Scheme office complex was established to provide a conducive environment for administering health insurance policies, ultimately enhancing the well-being of Osun citizens.

Governor Adeleke underscored the government’s commitment to reducing or eliminating out-of-pocket payments for medical treatment by making health insurance compulsory for political office holders and civil servants. He urged the informal sector, including traders, artisans, businessmen, and unions, to actively participate in the program for comprehensive healthcare coverage.

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