Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the process for the re-positioning of all levels of the health sector is effectively on course, with the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment for Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital.
The governor also declared that the total rehabilitation of structures at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital will create the right environment for quality tertiary healthcare.
In an interview after an inspection visit to the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital in Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that the health sector will continue to recover priority attention from his administration.
The governor who was accompanied on the project inspection by the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said that majority of the equipment procured by the State Government for the hospital have arrived.
He said: “Our objective is to improve the standard of the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital as a centre of excellence in tertiary healthcare.
“In terms of equipment, the contractors have done well. Eighty percent of the equipment have arrived the hospital premises and they will be installed as soon as the rehabilitation “.
He, however, noted that the progress of work on the structural rehabilitation is slow, hence the contractors should expedite action.
“We believe the contractors should deploy more workforce for the rehabilitation of the hospital. The State Government is doing what is necessary to enhance the quality of the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital “, he said.
The governor also inspected the ongoing reconstruction of the Doctors Quarters at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital. He advised the contractors to improve on the pace of work.
He assured that funding of the the projects will be sustained early completion.
The governor was briefed during the project inspection by Dr. Paul Kua, Medical Director of Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital , and Mrs Ajumoke Okpu , Director of Nursing.
The Wike administration has completed the reconstruction and equipping of 13 General Hospitals spread across the three senatorial districts of the state.