STEVE OKO, Umuahia
AS part of efforts to improve the health sector of the state, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, weekend, commissioned the multi- million naira cardiac centre and other projects executed by his administration at the Amachara annex of the Abia Specialist and Diagnostic Hospital.
Orji who lamented the enormous resources spent by Nigerians in search of medication overseas, vowed to domesticate the various “ world- class medical facilities found abroad so that Abians can access them at public hospitals in the state” .
Other projects commissioned at the hospital were a 100- bedded ward, Administrative block, house officer’s hostel, an intensive care unit, accident and emergency department with ambulances, and a modern medical laboratory.
Speaking at the event, Orji said his administration’s high regard for the health needs of the people was responsible for the current revolution in the health sector of the state, and promised to sustain the tempo.
He said health and security of the people would continue to top the priority list of his government, assuring that very soon , medical tourism overseas would be a thing of the past in the state as efforts were being intensified to upgrade facilities at the state’s public hospitals with “the world’s best.”
Orji said he was challenged to replicate the type of facilities he saw during one of his trips to the US where major medical facilities were located in one place.
He noted with delight that the “ type of sophisticated medical equipment at the cardiac centre as well as the dialysis centre of the state’s Diagnostic Hospital are what can been seen in any reputable hospital abroad.”
Orji also disclosed that his administration had expanded health centres in the state from 250 to 710, with at least one in every political ward.
Similarly, he said his government had built 100- bedded hospitals in nine councils of the state, promising to extent it to more councils before his exit in 2015.
Earlier, in his address, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Okechukwu Ogah who said the hospital would commence postgraduate residency training programme in general and family medicine in the near future , disclosed that government had already approved the recruitment of specialists and other healthcare workers to help realise the dream.
He noted that under Millennium Development Goals, a TB/HIV/AIDS/malaria treatment and research centre had been constructed in the hospital, and chest clinic built in partnership with an oil company.
In his remarks, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Augustus Mbanaso thanked the Governor for transforming the health sector of the state as shown by the numerous health centres, changes in the general hospitals in the state and the transformation at the Amachara specialist hospital.
Daily Champion recalls that since Monday last week, Orji has commenced commissioning of various projects completed in the state by his administration. Some of the projects already commissioned include: the modern Bus terminal park Umuahia, model school at Afougiri, and Ohiya Mechanic Village and Auto Spare Parts Market.