Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has visited the state Quaternary Medical Center, Ibom Multi Specialty Hospital, Uyo, to ascertain the functionality of machines and preparedness of the facility to contain medical emergencies .
The Governor who was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government , Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Commissioner for Health Dr Dominic Ukpong and Commissioner for Information Mr Charles Udoh, toured the Intensive Care Unit, ICU, Emergency Theatre as well as inspected Ventilators and other equipment in the hospital.
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Governor Udom Emmanuel has again reiterated that his administration will continue to be proactive in providing healthcare facilities in Akwa Ibom state in line with his premium on the health of his people.
During a tour of some recently acquired facilities at the Ibom Multi-Specialty Hospital Tuesday evening, Governor Emmanuel said he went with some health experts to assess the functionality of the health equipment to handle any emergency health pandemic situations including the dreaded COVID-19.
The Governor who commended the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital and the Commissioner for Health on the level of improvement noticed, said his visit was also to "ensure that they have expanded the number of beds, that we ordered to accommodate extra 20 facilities in case of any emergency and I'm happy with what I’ve seen.
Speaking with newsmen at the end of the tour, Governor Emmanuel said, “it is not just to check the state of preparedness that we came, it’s to make sure what we’ve put on ground are functional and are working well.
"I came here with the experts so that we can have a look to see that those things work well. We wanted the whole 13 ventilators checked to be sure they are working very well, even though we don’t have any incident now of the COVID-19 in the state”.
He expressed satisfaction with the state of facility as he inspected the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Theatre, ventilators for adults and babies as well as other state of the art equipment recently acquired by the state government.
He also expressed satisfaction with the new emergency theatre his administration put in place at the facility saying it is unprecedented in any government hospital anywhere in Nigeria.
"I'm sure you saw the kind of emergency theatre we have there. I want to be corrected, if that is in any teaching hospital in Nigeria let somebody show me or take me there. And that’s something we just fixed two months ago.
"When we tell people the amount of money we spend on medical equipment, people did not know a day like this will come, so now we are opening up our containers.
While insisting that the measures in place were not in reaction to the Corona virus scare, Mr Emmanuel explained that, "we are interested in every aspect of illness and to make sure that all our citizens are well taken care of."
"We don’t just react. We put things in place to take care of the health of our citizens, because every single life is as important as the life of the Governor.
Mr. Emmanuel commended the state medical team and assured that government will continue to monitor healthcare situation of the state, not just for Corona virus, but to be ahead of any disease outbreak.
“It is not only Corona virus that we should be concerned about. Malaria kills too. So we are interested in every aspect of illness and to make sure that all our citizens are well taken care of. So we don’t just react.
"I hope you know Lassa fever, just of recent we had issue of monkey pox too. These are some of the challenges of medical sciences of the modern world that you need to be prepared at all times.
The Governor who was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong and Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh was guided round the facility by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Emmanuel Ekanem.
During the visit, a group of health workers who serve as District Surveillance and Notification Officers across the State, were seen being trained, in line with the Governor’s promise of ensuring training of medical workers against COVID-19.