Wike Reveals How Mother And Child Hospital Will Operate
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has revealed that the Mother and Child Hospital built by his administration will not be run like the regular government hospital but will be privately managed and also be available to students for training.
Governor Wike who spoke during a courtesy visit by representatives of the Board of the College of Medical Sciences of the Rivers State University at Government House, Port Harcourt, said his administration will provide basic infrastructure that will make the College of Medical Sciences of the University one of the best in the country.
He stated that government would ensure that students admitted into the college enjoy uninterrupted academic activities.
“The students will not be stagnated because the school will be made fully functional with both infrastructure and learning equipment. We are setting up the basic foundation for you to build on. The Medical College is my dream and I will provide everything required to make sure it is fully functional.
“It is very expensive to run a Medical College but we are not deterred. We shall build the hostels as requested as soon as we get the designs.We are making Ashes to Ashes Mortuary to be available for the training of pathologists. The Dental and Maxilo-Facial Hospital will also be part of the College.
“The Mother and Child Hospital is the best health facility now. It will not be run like the regular government hospital. It will be privately managed but will be available to students for their training,” he stated.
Governor Wike noted that the call for University autonomy should also include how to generate funds internally to administer the , adding that university managements cannot be asking government for assistance all the time if they manage their internally generated revenue properly.
In his speech, Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Rivers State University, Justice Iche Ndu thanked the Governor for his support to the institution, noting that with the approval of the Governor, the College of Medical Sciences has qualified staff to provide training for students.
“I commend you for solving the problems of staffing. We now have 14 Professors, three Readers, 30 Seniors Lecturers, 106 Lecturers 1 and 2 plus 74 Technicians,” he said.
The Vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Nlerum Okogbule said recent academic rating has placed the university sixth in the country.
Also speaking, the Provost of the Medical College, Professor Chituru Orluwena said with the approval granted the College to train medical students, admission would commence this academic session.