By Steve Unegbu ,
The Abia state Governor ,Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has reopened and operationalize the Ikwuano general hospital Olori ,with a charge to Health Management Board team and to Ikwuano stakeholders to ensure that the facilities are well kept and properly utilize to the benefit of the people, while maintaining that health remains a focal point of his administration ,hence his government is taking it seriously.
The Governor who made this disclosure while reopening the hospital ,further disclosed that his administration has built and opened other general hospitals in the state .
Governor Ikpeazu who was represented by the Secretary to the State government ,Barrister Chris Ezem , pointed out that government is taking the Ikwuano general hospital project seriously ,revealing that Abia state is one of the few States in Nigeria that has provided health facilities to the elderly people .
He further launched the Hospital management board Ambulance procured by his administration ,as well as launched the Hospital management board Health Cards ,which is can be used obtain free treatment in the general hospital for one full year,before it can be renewed.
He assured the hospital management and the Ikwuano people of completion of the fencing of the hospital to enhance security as well as providing solutions to all the requests made by the hospital Management team and the people of Ikwuano to ensure that the hospital functions effectively.
In the separate speeches ,HRH Eze King Larry Ogbonnaya Agwu ,chairman Oboro Traditional Rulers ,said they are very happy for the reopening of the Hospital, even as he thanked Senator T.A Orji who he said initiated the Hospital project and the Governor of Abia state ,for making sure that the hospital has started functioning .
He urged Ikwuano people to ensure that the hospital and the equipments in it are not damaged ,While HRH Eze Onyekwere Joseph Anyaegbu of Umudike Autonomous community ,said he was happy that the hospital is now a reality ,saying his people will benefit from the project, even as he appealed to Ikwuano people to utilize the opportunity.
Speaking at the event ,Evang.Ndubueze Odinkamere Peters ,advised that every thing should be done to secure the Hospital and provide capable hands to manage the Hospital and provide adequate drugs for patients for treatment
Earlier on ,the chief Executive of Hospital Management Board Abia state ,Dr Mrs Ijeoma Nduka ,said the operationalization of Ikwuano general hospital has been of great priority to the health loving Governor ,even as she thanked him for making the reopening a reality.
Dr Nduka disclosed that general hospital Ikwuano is among the 19 health facilities under Hospital Management Board ,Abia state ,pointing out that , ” health is one of the strong pillars of the Governor ,little wonder he mandated the board to ensure this hospital commences medical services within his first 100 days in office “
She pointed out that the achievements of the health sector under the leadership of the Governor are numerous of which Hospital management board is a beneficiary and urged Ikwuano people to make use of the hospital provided to them .
She listed some of them as save one million life project ,the Basic Health provision funds ,strong collaboration with local and International partners on health among others.