Anambra State Government says it is resuscitating all the abandoned public hospitals to bring quality and accessible health care closer to every resident of the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Afam Obidike stated this in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area, while taking delivery of vital hospital equipment on behalf of the state government.
The hospital equipment were donated for use at Agulu General Hospital, by the National Lottery Trust Fund.
The donated hospital equipment include, examination gush, autoclave machine, suction machine, microscopic binoculars, ultrasound machine, anesthesia machine, among others.
General Hospital, Agulu, is one of the dilapidated public health facilities that the present administration is getting back to work.
Speaking at the event, Dr Obidike said the equipment would be very vital in both testing and treatment of critical illnesses, noting that Governor Chukwuma Soludo is conscious of the importance of strategic health system to governance, hence the recruitment of additional health professionals to complement the current work force and refurbishment of hitherto dilapidated facilities.
Dr Obidike noted that with the equipment in the hospital, community people would no longer seek health care services elsewhere, with the anesthetic machine an essential equipment in surgical procedures.
He noted that working primary health centers and rural hospitals are essential to bringing accessible treatments to the people in the grassroots, assuring that services at the hospital would be made affordable to the community people.
On his part, the Transition Committee Chairman of Anaocha Local Government Area, Chief Gerald Ozo, thanked Dr Stella Maduka, a former Director in the Federal Ministry of Special Duties, for facilitating the gesture thereby responding to the direct needs of her people.
The South East Zonal Secretary of the National Lottery Trust Fund, Mrs Jane Obi, who read an address by the Executive Secretary of organization, Dr Bello Maigari, said that the equipment were donated based on the primary needs of the hospital.
Dr Maigari also urged the community to protect the equipment as their own, explaining that the aim of the scheme is to achieve the wellbeing of all Nigerians by decentralizing accessibility to good health care across rural Nigeria.
The member representing Anaocha I Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, Honourable Ebere Ejiofor, was at the event.
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