Abia Govt Begins Move To Make Aviator Destination For Health Tourism

Abia Govt Begins Move To Make Aviator Destination For Health Tourism

By Ify Ashi,  Umuahia

The commissioner for Health, Dr John Ahukannah said Abia state government Vision and mission is to make the state health care delivery system destination for health tourism in Nigeria.

The commissioner stated this while interacting with journalists in his office in Umuahia, he noted that Health is very crucial to Abia government.

He  disclosed that the state government does not intend to build gigantic hospitals and clinics but to fully equip the existing primary, secondary and tertiary health delivery to the point that Abia would be among States in the country known for good health services.

He maintained that the aim of  the government is to provide workable, affordable and accessible health care system adding that as a state they will key into  the federal government health policies to avoid running foul of the law.

He further stressed that the government places more  emphasis on secondary level of  health care which he said is a receptacle at things happening in  the primary care level.

Giving the achievement said there are specific areas the state took interest on among which is the save a million lives through the care for the vulnerable groups between the ages of under five years, pregnant women and senior citizens above 70 years adding that there is a private individual government gave to spear head the care for the elderly.

He added that the health centers at the 292 political wards across the state are been equipped with the funds made available to make the primary health system workable and to meet the needs of the rural women adding also that  Abia was among the three lucky States  to access the 1.5 billion Basic Health Care Provision Fund pointed that the state was ready to roll off the project.

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He disclosed that the
accessment team came into the state few days ago comprising  of the National Primary Health Development Agencies, staffers from Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF and World Bank in readiness for the take off grant.

The Health commissioner further noted that  when they came into office they met few hospitals that were built through SURE-P fund but was not functional adding that the hospitals are situated at Obingwa, Ikwuano, Okikpe and Arochukwu, he reiterated that for now Obingwa  have been well equipped with staffs, health personals, water and clean environment and have been commissioned for use

He noted also that the three remaining hospitals at Arochukwu, Ikwuano and Okikpe are over 95 percent completion and when completed would operate 24 hours.

Dr Ahukannah maintained that the state hope to build incinerator for the evacuation  of medical waste  and also to kick start specific isolation unit at Aba to be able to checkmate outbreak of such deadly diseases like ebole, lassa fever and monkey box adding that funds will be made available.

Dr Ahukannah noted that few nursing schools in the state was facing accreditation problems but assured that very soon funds would be made available to tackle the issue.

He used the occasion to thank MTN foundation for the funds made available for the  repairs of four major hospitals in the state situated at  Okpulangwa, Amachara,  Owaza and Abia state University Teaching Hospital.

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