Ebonyi State governor Francis Nwifuru has vowed to overhaul all the moribund general hospitals located in the thirteen local government areas of the state to avert the spate of deaths in rural areas, especially on the hands of quacks.
Nwifuru who announced the release of over N11. 2bn for the purchase of equipment for the general hospitals, made this known while speaking with newsmen at his home in Ufuruekpe community, Izzi LGA.
The Governor announced the demerging of the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, FTHA, to pave way for the state to have its own teaching hospital.
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According to him: “We are taking our development according to sectors. We will go into the health sector fully. It will be a comprehensive overhaul.
“Comprehensive in the sense that everyone in the sector and the people of Ebonyi State will be satisfied. The staff will be happy, the management will be happy and our hospital will work.
“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has agreed to demerge the Federal Teaching Hospital and we will have our own state teaching hospital.
“The President also agreed to give us 100 consultants from the federal government. This was after I explained how to get the health sector working and how we intend to step it down in Ebonyi.
Nwifuru revealed that there will be a deployment of qualified consultants and medical doctors to the general hospital to boost healthcare delivery services in the rural areas of the state.
According to him: “We will have not less than five consultants and medical doctors in each of our general hospitals. We have paid around N11.2 billion to equip all general hospitals and in doing that, we will have four specialist hospitals one per zone” he stated.