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‘Otti, Passionate About Upgrading Public Health Facilities’

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The Special Adviser to Gov­ernor Alex Otti on Health Care Service De­livery, Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo has claimed that the administration is one that is very passionate about upgrading various health facili­ties across the state to make them more responsive to the health needs of the people of Abia State.

Dr. Okoronkwo made this known yesterday when she led a team on an assessment tour of General Hospitals in the state, including the Umunnato General Hospital, Bende LGA; General Hospital Abariba, Ohafia LGA, and Isuik­wuato General Hospital.

She criticised the poor condition of the facilities and said that the team would visit all 12 general hospitals in the state of Abia during the evaluation tour to ensure proper care.

Dr. Okoronkwo described as unimaginable a situation where only a medical doctor and three nurses were posted to attend to patients in a general hospital, disclosing that her team will submit a report of her findings to the Governor for the next line of action.

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She used the opportunity to charge staff of the hospitals to be alive to their duties as the era of redundancy is over.

In their speeches while con­ducting the team around the health facilities, the Medical Doc­tor in charge of Umunnato Gen­eral Hospital, Dr. Chidi Uwanna; Abariba General Hospital, Dr. Genevieve Maduako and their Isuikwuato counterpart, Dr. Okocha Sunday, named poor se­curity, lack of electricity supply, dilapidated structures, obsolete equipment as some of the chal­lenges hindering patients from patronising the hospitals.

They expressed the hope that the visit of the team will turn the fortunes of the hospitals for the better.

It would be recalled that Gov­ernor Alex Otti in his inaugural speech at the Umuahia Town­ship Stadium, promised to turn around the health sector of the state to provide quality healthcare services to the citizenry.

The Acting Chief Executive Officer, the Hospital Management Board, Dr Charity Egwuekwe and the Director of Medical Services of, Ministry of Health, Mrs. Rose­mary Ajah, joined Dr Okoronkwo on the tour.

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