The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in furtherance of his efforts to upgrade and rehabilitate health facilities across the State, has inspected the dilapidated facilities at the General Hospital Oji-River.
Gov. Ugwuanyi, who expressed dismay at the state of the facilities at the hospital, having been neglected for many decades, promised that his administration will, as a matter of urgency, carry out a major upgrade and rehabilitation works at the health facility.
The General Hospital Oji-River, formerly known as Leprosy Mission Hospital, has a section designated as leprosy services settlement centre. It was was established in 1954 by the then Church Missionary Society (CMS), now the Anglican Church, according to the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, who was among the dignitaries that received the Governor on arrival.
Dr. Agujiobi added that the management of a section of the hospital was taken over by the old Anambra State Government in 1977, then designated as Oji River Sub-District Hospital, and now under the management of the Enugu State Government as General Hospital Oji-River.
“The outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has reset the world’s thinking about health.
“The least my administration can do is to upgrade and rehabilitate health facilities in the State,” said Governor Ugwuanyi.
The Governor, who also inspected the Agbalenyi/Enugu-Onitsha Expressway link road, newly reconstructed by his administration, reiterated the State government’s commitment to quality and affordable health care delivery in the State and assured the jubilant people of Oji-River Local Government Area that work will soon commence on the hospital.
Stakeholders of Oji-River Local Govt. Area, who received the Governor include the Member representing Oji-River Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Jeff Mbah; the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Manfred Nzekwe; the Council Chairman, Hon. Franklin Udemezue; the acting State Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Cletus Akalusi; the immediate past Chairman of the Council, Hon. Harrison Okeke; former Majority Leader of the House of Assembly, Hon. John Obidinma; Mrs. Joy Odike and traditional rulers, among others.
Amaka E. Nliam