A’Ibom govt disburses N132m for maintenance of hospital facilities – Commissioner

The Akwa Ibom Government released N132 million for the maintenance of General Hospitals across the 31 Local Government Areas of the state in the last one year.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh, disclosed this during an Inter-Ministerial Briefing, tagged, “Tracking the Promise” in Uyo on Thursday.

Umoh said Gov. Udom Emmanuel is committed to effective healthcare delivery service in the state.

He noted that the state government is aware of shortage of Nurses and Midwives in the health sector, adding that the shortfall of medical personnel has been addressed through employment of over 300 Doctors and Nurses in hospitals .

The commissioner, however, said that the number of recruited medical personnel was not enough as government planned to bring back retired Midwives, who are still strong to support existing ones in the healthcare service.

“We will soon bring back retired Midwives who are still strong into the state hospital service. Government will pay them stipends to encourage them in contributing through their acquired experiences in the health sector.

“However, more health personnel would be employed to ensure efficient healthcare delivery in the state,” Umoh said.

Umoh reeled out achievements of the governor in the health sector in the last eight years to include; renovation of hospitals and construction of new ones.

He listed the remodeled hospitals in the state to include; General Hospitals in Ikot Abasi, Eket, Anua and the procurement of medical equipment.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong, said it became necessary to sensitise the public on the true position of government’s projects, programmes and activities.

Ememobong said it was worrisome that after seven and half years of governance with numerous record of achievements in all sectors, some sordid and disparaging news items are still being spread around.

“We have, therefore, brought every section of the society together here to find out the reason the stories and reports sent out do not correspond with what we have on ground in the State.

“Gov. Udom Emmanuel has constructed numerous roads in the State, such as the Uyo-Etinan-Ndon Eyo Road and Ikot Oku Ikono flyover, among others but someone will write that there is no road in Akwa Ibom State,” he said. (NAN)

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply