Nigeria

Imo governor directs immediate rehabilitation of health centres

The governor, Hope Uzodinma, disclosed this in Owerri, after meeting with the leadership of the state chapters of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, led by Josiah Ugochukwu, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Austin Chilakpu and Trade Union Congress, TUC, at the Government House in Owerri.

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has directed that all healthcare facilities in the 27 local council areas of the state be fixed before December 15.

This was contained in a release, signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Oguwike Nwachuku, and made available to reporters in Owerri on Tuesday.

The governor gave the mandate when he met with the interim caretaker committee chairmen of local government areas at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Owerri.

Mr Uzodinma, represented by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Barth Okorochukwu, charged the chairmen to take the directive seriously and act immediately.

He expressed concern over the health of Imo residents, especially those in the rural areas, noting that primary healthcare centres must be made to function for accessible healthcare services.

“The IMC chairmen and the health officers will be involved in the supervision and monitoring of the projects, ensuring that they facilitate the work to beat the timeline.

“This is targeted at actualising our vision of Imo having access to healthcare delivery services which is in compliance with the World Health Organisation mandate,” he said.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Finance, Doris Anite-Uzoka, said the essence of the meeting was to usher in the first phase of the implementation of the rehabilitation of primary health centres.

She said after this phase, another phase involving the general hospitals would start as both arms of healthcare facilities would be expected to function simultaneously.

Also, the Executive Secretary, Imo State Primary Healthcare Agency, Maryjonnes Uzoma, thanked the governor for embarking on the rehabilitation of primary healthcare centres in the state.

According to her, it will be a landmark achievement for the government and people of Imo.

Speaking on behalf of the chairmen, Chidi Okechukwu, from Ehime Mbano, commended the efforts of the governor.

He said the decision would enable rural dwellers to have access to quality healthcare delivery in the state.

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