28th June, 2015
The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, paid unscheduled visits to two general hospitals in Rivers State on Saturday and promised to rehabilitate them after seeing the sorry state of the hospitals.
The governor who ever since his assumption of office as governor has visited some projects’ sites and facilities lamented the internal state of the hospitals.
At the Bori General Hospital, the patients who were obviously elated to see the governor, narrated the dearth of basic facilities to save lives-disclosing that their patronage of the hospital is planked on lack of choice as they cannot afford the money to visit better clinics else where else they would have done so.
Uncomfortable with the state of the hospital the governor ordered the permanent secretary of the ministry of health, Dr. Somieari Isaac Harry, and the chairman of the Rivers State Management Board, Dr Okikere Iragunima to submit- within two weeks-a proposal/budget that will give the. Hospital a facelift.
This, the governor said, must include both equipment and the building. The visit of the governor coincided with the delivery Of a baby boy named after him. The parents of the baby were filled with joy when the governor stopped over to see the baby.
Dr Iragunima who also lamented the poor state of the hospital, disclosed that the hospital receives about three thousand patients monthly even in it’s terrible state as it serves five local government areas, namely: Khana, Gokana, Tai,Andoni and Opobo/Nkoro. He ruled that the hospital which was built by the colonial government has been ignored by governments in the past.
Straight from the Ward, Governor Wike visited the official residential quarters of the doctors and nurses. Not pleased with the state in which they are, he ordered that a budget on a befitting quarters be submitted to him within two weeks. His words:”the doctors and the nurses do not need to live outside so that they can attend to patients promptly “The quarters, he insists, must be fenced.
Wike also visited the Emohua General. Moved to tears by the sight of the abandoned hospital over grown with bushes , Gov Wike said in Emohua, the life threatening buildings put up before independence and is now derelict must be demolished and new ones built . Not a single patient was seen in that hospital as dangerous reptiles and rodents inhabited the old and collapsing buildings. He further directed that access road and security must be provided.
It is pertinent to state that the roads leading to the hospitals are near impassable.