Tuesday, 13 June 2017

State lawmakers describe Anambra State General Hospitals as mortuaries

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Anambra State House of Assembly on Tuesday, bemoaned the state of public health facilities in the State, describing it as moribund institutions or mortuaries.

The lawmakers also disclosed that most of the state general hospitals lack both human and materials, and called on Governor Willie Obiano, to as a matter of urgency, rehabilitate, equip and make them functional.

According to the lawmakers, it was regrettable that most of the affected health centres were built and managed by the various communities before been handed over to the state government for effective use.

They made reference to Section 14 (2b) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which says that the welfare and security of the people shall be the primary purpose of government, and section 17 (3d) of the same constitution that compelled every State to direct its policy towards providing adequate medical and health facilities to the citizenry.
The legislators were reacting to the motions sponsored by Hon Kingsley Iruba of Nnewi South 1 State Constituency and 30 others, and Hon. Obinna Emenaka and 14 others, who sought for attention of the state governor on Ukpor and Nando general hospitals, which according to them were currently moribund.

Iruba, in a motion, lamented that Ukpor General Hospital was built by the efforts of Ukpor community but was later handed over to the government of Anambra State to assist the government in providing effective and adequate health care to the Ukpor community, Nnewi South and its environs.

He, however, regretted that the government had not made what he termed tangible efforts to give the hospital befitting status of a general hospital since it was given to it.

Iruba, who is also the Chairman House Committee on Information and Communication Strategy, pointed out that Nnewi South and its environs which fall within the constituency of the House Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu, were subjected to untold hardships and in search of effective and functional health care facility due to the poor and dilapidated condition of the only general hospital in the council area.

“Consequently, so many minor ailments have resulted in deaths due to poor state of the General Hospital. It has been described in some quarters as a glorified mortuary due to lack of adequate medical doctors; lack of necessary medical equipments and supply of medications/drugs; lack of requisite number of paramedics and qualified nurses; lack of functional theater, labour room and maternity ward; lack of functional electric generating set to complement the epileptic power supply; and unavailability of water,” he added.

Similarly, Hon Emenaka, in his own motion, noted that Nando General Hospital which is Governor Willie Obiano’s Council Area is grossly understaffed as well as lacked state of art equipment required for proper diagnosis and treatment of ailments.

“Aware that the Nando General Hospital serves as the best alternative Health care centre for the indigenes and residents of Nando and its environs owing to infinitesimal number of private hospitals within the locality.

“Further aware that several human lives have regrettably been lost as a result of poor health care delivering owing to the incapability of the said Hospital to meet the diverse health demands of its patients.

“Concerned that the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Nando General Hospital will create employment opportunities especially for skilled workers within the health sector as well as provide a platform that offers a wider range of health care services at a very moderate rate” he maintained.

Contributing, the member representing Dunukofia constituency, Lawrence Chukwunweike Ezeudu, disclosed that almost the state general hospitals, including those in his constituent, Ifitedunu, were in deplorable condition.

On her part, Hon. Vivian Okadigbo of Oyi state constituency, urged her colleagues to go ahead and prepare and table the reports of their moribund general hospitals, because according to her, all the state owned general hospital were in bad shape.




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