July 5, 2022 8:37 pm

Gov. Ikpeazu Is Putting Abia On A National Scale, Hon. Ndukwe, Uka, Nkole, Others Laud Him Over Cottage Hospital

By Our Reporter

The Abia State Environmental Protection Agency ASEPA Ohafia zonal manager, Hon. James Ndukwe has lauded Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on his resolute in the provision of healthcare and wellness to Abians through bringing healthcare closer to the people of the State from the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Hon. Ndukwe who spoke to a cross section of Journalists shortly after Gov. Ikpeazu commissioned the newly constructed Nkporo Cottage Hospital in Ohafia Local  Government Area of the State, pointed out that the governor has succeeded in providing adequate secondary healthcare for the people at the grassroots.

The ASEPA zonal manager who also revealed that the Cottage hospital  is fully equipped with mother & care facilities, radiant warmers, ultra sound machines, incubators, a modern theatre that can undertake orthopedic surgeries, laboratory facilities and 24 hours solar power, said that Gov. Ikpeazu’s well-structured policies and programmes have continued to strengthen governance and also continuously and continually improving the efficiency and everything of the health system across the three senatorial zones in Abia.

Speaking also, the leader of Ohafia Legislative Council and Councilor representing Ndi-elu Ward Etitiama Nkporo, Hon. Oju Ndukwe Uka pointed out that Gov. Ikpeazu’s unrelenting efforts to provide premium health services to Abians has rapidly advanced the health indices of the population in Abia State, thereby putting the State on a national scale as among the leading destination for acquiring affordable, qualitative and sound healthcare delivery.

Also in their respective speeches during the event, the Member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency, Honorable Uko Nkole and Member, representing Ohafia North at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Mandela Obasi lauded the Governor for his efforts in remembering those in the rural areas by building the facility.

They said the people are excited over the provision of the hospital that would serve the healthcare needs of the people.

Hon. Uko Nkole specifically thanked the Governor for the ongoing construction of a similar medical facility at Abam, Arochukwu LGA.

Speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji informed that the hospital has all that is needed for a hospital to function effectively including all the departments and trained personnel to manage it.

He said the hospital would give the people affordable and accessible healthcare and charged the community authorities to take the facility as their own and secure it.

Dr. Osuji said the Governor is providing an ultra modern pediatric hospital, Mother & Child  Healthcare Centre and is renovating Schools of Nursing in the State, including the recent award of contract for the construction of 100 bed building project in the School of Midwifery, Amachara, Umuahia.

He added the efforts of the Governor in the healthcare is a sign that health center delivery  in the State will get a boost.

Also in their speeches, the Executive Chairman of Ohafia LGA, Dr. Okoroafor Ukiwe and the President, Nkporo Development Union, Chief Benjamin Imeri thanked the Governor for many things done for the Nkporo community including changing their stories of bad road networks for good.

They appreciated the Governor for commissioning their road and training youths of the area in different skills to contribute to the development of the State and the provision of the hospital; and assured that the people would protect the facility.

The Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Abia State, Dr Chimezie Okwuonu who eulogized Gov. Ikpeazu for his people oriented projects, affirmed that the hospital would help in reducing infant mortality.

He further said that the hospital will provide the needed healthcare services to the people at the grassroots, adding that the people would no longer travel to far places for medical services.

Commissioning the project earlier according to a press release signed by Onyebuchi Ememanka, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and made available to newsmen in Umuahia, Dr. Ikpeazu said the management structure of the hospital is such that the medical personnel are indigenes of the Community who must reside within the community.

Governor Ikpeazu, who urged indigenes of Nkporo and Ohafia LGA to leverage on the establishment of the hospital to provide medical services to their people, said that they should support the hospital with their expertise.

The Abia governor announced that the hospital would have a Management Board comprising members of the Nkporo Development Union, the Youths and the Women of Nkporo to enable them have a sense of ownership of the hospital.

The Governor disclosed that the State Government will support the hospital with a monthly subvention, and promised to commence the building of staff quarters and donate ambulance for the facility as well as absorb the staff into the State Hospital Management Board (HMB) and retain them in the hospital.

Also speaking, the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu, who is  an indigene of the benefiting community said the Governor has changed the narrative in healthcare in Nkporo.

He said his people are full of joy for the giant strides of the Governor in his community.

 He saluted the Governor for ensuring that the medical facilities in the hospital are comparable to what is obtainable in modern hospitals and assured that they will own the hospital and protect it. 

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