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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Anambra Govt Initiates Measures To Upgrade Ojoto Health Centre

The State government has commenced the processes of upgrading the Ojoto Health Centre in Idemili South Local government area with the visit of the Commissioner for Health, Dr Josephat Akabuike to the facility.

The Commissioner was on a preliminary study visit to the Health centre on the request of the Community, to assess the facilities already put in place through self-help efforts towards its anticipated upgrade to a general hospital.

In the company of stakeholders in the community including the traditional ruler, Igwe Dennis Okafor, the President-General, Chief Edwin Umeghalu, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mr Kingsley Ezekwelu, among others.

Addressing the community, Commissioner Akabuike who noted that experts from the Ministry will immediately visit the Center to understudy the equipment on ground, gave the community three options which include upgrading the center to either a General hospital, an annex to the State University Teaching Hospital or a Maternal and Child Healthcare Specialist Center.

He commended the people of Ojoto for their self-help initiative in supporting the establishment of a high-class health institution in the community, affirming that what they are requesting is in line with the present administration's objective to achieve efficiency in primary healthcare delivery.

While thanking the Ojoto community for their support to Governor Willie Obiano during the just concluded governorship election, Dr Akabuike assured them that they have made the right decision and will not regret it.

The Traditional Ruler of the Community, Igwe Okafor, explained that what the community is requesting is what will benefit the future generations.

Earlier, the President General of the Town, Chief Umeghalu acknowledged that the visit goes to re-enforce the premium the present administration places on health and its readiness to partner communities towards improving the health of their people.

In a vote of thanks, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Mobilization, Sir Tony Uche-Ezekwelu, noted that the community has been at the forefront of supporting the Obiano administration and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, adding that the upgrade of the Healthcentre will help give the people of Ojoto a sense of fulfilment that the government they supported has their interest at heart.

By Kenechukwu Ofomah

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