A LOOK INTO THE HEALTH SECTOR IN ABIA; WHAT DR . IKPEAZU HAS DONE DIFFERENTLY

As one of the five development pillars of Dr. Ikpeazu’s administration, Health sector in Abia State has received tremendous attention.

Dr Ikpeazu led Government is massively developing infrastructures in the health sector, forming partnership with foreign bodies and other agencies .

In the area of infrastructural development, Dr Ikpeazu approved an outright funding, leading to the total upgrading, and reconstruction of the school of midwifery at Abiriba, school of Nursing at Aba, Umuahia and Amachara , which prompted their reaccreditation by the midwifery and Nursing Council of Nigeria.

The State also attracted and are now partnering with MTN Foundation. Through this partnership and support, 4 (four) maternity and children wards in 4 (four) General hospitals have been refurbished and routine immunization carried out.

The State also partnered with the Carter Centre and in addition, The State was able to meet the WHO’s conditions on “The Save One Million Lives Initiative” which entitled Abia to receive $1 million in grant.

At the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, State Government has equipped and upgraded the services offered there. The Internal Medicine, Anaesthesia, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O&G) and Radiology areas of medicine benefited. The Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Centres were not left out. The Eye and Dialysis sections are functioning optimally.

Abia State is partnering with the Eye Foundation Hospital, Lagos in our effort to upgrade the status of the centre. Government also procured and installed an Echocardiogram machine for heart diseases diagnoses

One of the basic actions intended to be accomplished, is to bring the healthcare facilities to a standard that can serve the purpose for its establishment. The Governor is looking at post Abia State where people come to the State for medical checkups and treatments.

Dr Okezie is partnering with our diaspora medical specialists to establish a Super tertiary medical facility in Obuaku and to manage some of our medical facilities on a PPP basis aimed at reversing current trends in medical tourism. Obuaku has a shouting distance from Port-Hacourt, Rivers State.

The project is one direct way of arresting the current capital flight occasioned by medical trips to Europe, America and India which is draining the nation’s Resources.

It is therefore worthy to note that the treatment of the world most deadly disease has been on under Dr Ikpeazu. Tuberculosis which is said to kill about 3 persons every minute, will find it difficult to survive in Abia State considering what has been put in place. Under this administration, Tuberculosis reference lab for the South East region of the country has been completed and sited at Specialist Hospital, Amachara.

Currently, there are 102 therapeutic centres, 42 Microscopy centres as well as 2 gene experts’ machines in the State for diagnosis in the treatment of TB.
The centres include Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, General Hospital, Okpuala Ngwa, Isiukwuato, Amachara, Arochukwu cottage Hospital Owaza, Abia health office and 68 Primary Health Care Centres as well as Modern Chest clinic at Specialist Hospital, Amachara.

The Foreign trip embarked by Dr. Ikpeazu opened up a partnership and synergy with foreign counterparts,Abians in diaspora and NGOs , in a bid to benefit and improve the well-being of Abians.

Medshare,whose core mandate is to donate medical facilities to developing parts of the globe, sent a 40ft container of medical equipments, which was delivered to the Abia State Government on the 24th October 2019. Some of the equipment includes, High Resolution Ultrasound, Endoscopic Equipment, Surgical Electrocontem Machine, Electronic Hospital Beds, Personal Energy Transportation Vehicles, High-tech Electronic Stretchers and hundreds of other equipments.

 

Ikechukwu Iroha

 

 

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