Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has assured that the ongoing revival of the state’s health sector will lead to improved access to quality healthcare.
Speaking in an interview at the weekend, governor Wike said work at the 13 general hospitals being rehabilitated by his administration has reached advanced stage.
He said among the hospitals being rehabilitated are zonal hospitals which will provide tertiary and secondary healthcare to the people.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor said the zonal hospitals are located at Bori, Etche, Ahoada and Degema.
“Work has gone far in these hospitals. We are remodelling the hospitals and ensuring that we revive healthcare across the state,” he said.
The governor said the essence of reviving the general hospitals was to bring healthcare close to the people wherever they reside.
He said his administration is in the process of re-equipping the Braithwaite Specialist Memorial Hospital in Port Harcourt to meet the challenges of modern medicine. Wike said new facilities are being provided at the specialist hospital while doctors quarters are also being constructed after the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, laid the foundation.
“We have put in place a Faculty of Medical Sciences at the state university, while the faculty building is under construction,” the governor said.
He said his administration has also commenced the process of employing consultants and medical officers in a move aimed at providing the professional manpower to drive the revival of the health sector.