The Enugu State Government says it will upgrade the School of Health Technology and all district hospitals in the state for improved provision of healthcare.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Sam Ngwu, made the disclosure on Tuesday when he visited the school, located at Oji-River, as well as the Oji-River District Hospital.
He said that the upgrade had been long-overdue if sustainable development goal on health would be achieved.
Ngwu said that the Enugu governor’s vision for all the health facilities in the state was to see that citizens were adequately cared for through the provision of efficient and affordable healthcare services.
The commissioner said: “Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has assured that he will enhance the standard of all hospitals and facilities in the School of Health Technology to meet 21st century standard.
“There is an urgent need for the provision and proper maintenance of new technological equipment and employment of qualified health personnel that will use the equipment properly to avoid retrogression in life saving activities in the state hospitals.’’
He urged doctors and other health workers to avoid conservative healthcare delivery and work with passion to achieve the purpose for which the health facilities were provided for.
He promised to provide power generating set to the Oji River District Hospital to facilitate their work.
Responding, the Chairman of Oji River Local Government Area, Mr Jideofor Onyemaechi, promised to offset the hospital bills of indigent patients in the district hospital in his area.
Onyemaechi emphasised the need for security in the hospital by constructing standard fence round the hospital to prevent vandals and hoodlums from having access to the hospital.
The Chief Medical Officer of Oji River District Hospital, Dr Innocent Onwumere said the hospital was faced with challenges, including leaking roof, water scarcity, lack of power generating set, health personnel and inadequate security.
Also, the Chief Medical Officer of Udi District Hospital, Dr Emmanuel Achime, urged the state government to assist the hospital with equipment to enable the workers to carry out their duties better. (NAN)