RSG Spends $6.5m To Equip Teaching Hospital
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike said his administration has so far equipped the former Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, now Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, with the sum of $6.5million
Governor Wike has said his administration has also commenced the process of equipping recently completed Zonal Hospitals to take quality tertiary healthcare closer to the people.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Board and Management of Philips Project Centre Limited at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike said that the Zonal Hospital, Degema and Zonal Hospital, Bori have been completed while the equipping of the two hospitals as well as the Mother and Child Hospital in Port Harcourt to provide specialist care to women and children.
“Health is very important to this administration. It is one key area that we are focusing on to improve the lives of the people.We are investing resources to equip the completed Zonal Hospitals that will soon come on stream. We have Zonal Hospitals in Degema, Bori, Etche, Ahoada and Omoku. We will equip Degema and Bori Zonal Hospitals because they have been completed”, he said.
Wike said that the Rivers State Government would partner with Philips Project Centre to equip the hospitals and train staff to maintain the facilities and directed the Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and the Permanent Secretary, Primary Healthcare to work with Philips Project Centre to develop the health facilities for use by Rivers people.
“Whatever we will agree with Philips Project Centre must include training and retraining of our staff. We will partner to equip these hospitals”, he said.
The Executive Director, Philips Project Centre, Ayo Grillo called for partnership with the Rivers State Government to equip hospitals across the state.
Grillo said that the Philips Project Centre has special interest in Rivers State as the organisation has been working in the state for some years to construct and maintain healthcare facilities.
“We have a long history with Rivers State. We are keen to continue to work with Rivers State to develop the health sector. We bring trainers from abroad to train clinical and non-clinical staff with requisite knowledge on how to tackle healthcare challenges”, he said.
He informed the Rivers State governor that they operate internet-based applications to ensure efficiency, and promised to deploy ICT to make the state’s healthcare system effective and efficient.