Promises to Construct An International Specialist Hospital
From Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has released $4million dollars for the equipping of Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
Governor Wike also announced that the State Government will construct an international Specialist Hospital to handle life-threatening ailments.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by Prof Mike Ogirima, the National President of Nigerian Medical Association, Governor Wike said that the proposed New Specialist Hospital will promote medical tourism in Rivers State.
According to the governor, the new specialist hospital will have a helipad, modern equipment for the treatment of cancer, kidney, heart and liver diseases.
He said: “The new specialist hospital that we are working on will stem the foreign trips by Nigerians for healthcare services. We want to conserve foreign exchange for the country.”
The governor stated that his administration has released funds for the completion of the Ultra-modern Mother and Child Hospital in Port Harcourt. He said that the hospital will be ready in four months, following the termination of the joint ownership agreement with the Niger Delta Development Commission.
On the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, Governor Wike said that the State Government has released $4million to the contractor for modern equipment to lift the capacity of the hospital to international standard.
He added that doctors and medical professionals of the hospital will undergo training on the use of the new state-of-the-art facilities.
The governor informed that the Degema Zonal Hospital will be completed in three months, following the release of N500million to the contractor. He added that other Donald Hospitals will be completed.
He announced that his administration will commence the phased distribution of vehicles to doctors on the payroll of the state government in the course of the year.
He said: “For us, our major focus has shifted from infrastructure to health and education. That is why you are seeing the rapid investments in health and education. We are committed to improved healthcare for our people “.
Earlier, the National President of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Prof Mike Ogirima said: “We appreciate the giant strides and commitment of Governor Wike toward the health sector in Rivers State and the health of our citizens”.
The NMA President said: “The setting up of a College of Medical Sciences at the Rivers State University, the State Teaching Hospital with the signing of the Bill into law to actualize it, the completion of new blocks in BMSH in order to raise quality of care and the commitment to see the Mother and Child Hospital completed as a legacy project.