RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT INAUGURATES MOTHER AND CHILD HOSPITAL; GIVES REASONS FOR PUTTING IN PLACE THE FACILITY.
Written by miebaka ikiriko on June 8, 2021
Rivers State Government has inaugurated the Mother and Child Hospital constructed by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at Rumuomasi in Obio/Akpor Local Goverrnment Area.
It has also laid the foundation Stone for Dr Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases Diagnostic and Treatment Centre located at Rumuokuta in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
Speaking at the programme, Governor Wike said the Mother and Child Hospital was a bold attempt by his administration to boost infant and maternal health in the State.
The Governor opined that all the contractual Sum for the hospital had been paid and equipment needed also provided by government.
He stated that his development strides on the health sector was also replicated in education and road and urged the Commissioner for Health to Fashion out an option for the smooth running of the hospital.
On the Dr Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, Governor Wike said the, Eighteen-point-one Billion Naira, representing seventy percent of Twenty-five-point Nine Billion Naira had been paid to the contractor.
The Governor thanked God for the opportunity given him to serve the State, saying it is for this reason that he is providing basic infrastructure to Rivers people as a sign of gratitude to God.
He noted that the facility was named after the former Governor Peter Odili in recognition of his development strides in the State and his political Career and other Politicians in the State.
The Minister of Health, professor Osagie Ehanire who was Special Guest of Honour at both events expressed the appreciation of the Federal Government towards the strong collaborative effort of the Rivers State Government to provide healthcare to the people, pointing out that his vision aligned with that of President Buhari in providing Universal healthcare Coverage for Nigerians .
Dr Ehanire commended Governor Wike for his vision and achievements in the health sector, emphasizing that it shows his determination and interest to add value to the health sector.
Also speaking Former Governor of the State, Dr Peter Odili who noted that hospitals devoted for the management of Cancer was less than six percent, lauded Governor Wike for not only building the infrastructure and providing the equipment to cater for the healthcare needs of the people, but also training the personnel to man them.
He described the Governor’s investment in the training of Medical personnel in Nigeria as unprecedented and applauded him for the recognition done him by naming the facility after him.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Commissioner for Health Professor Princewill Chike said the one hundred and thirty two bed Mother and Child Hospital had fifty delivery rooms, Six Modular Operating Theatres, Invitro fertilization equipment, Fluoroscopic equipment and Mammography equipment.
Professor Chike who described the number of deaths resulting from Cancer as alarming, said Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases Diagnostic and Treatment Centre would manage all Cancer related problems as well as serve people from all parts of the World.