The Nigerian Navy Reference hospital in Calabar, Cross River state capital, has set up a nature park as a therapeutic measure for convalescence patients.
Rear Admiral David Adeniran, the Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, the Eastern Naval Command, ENC, formally declared open the park named as ‘Vice Admiral Ibok-ete Ekwe Ibas Gardens’ in Calabar, Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
Rear Admiral Adeniran, who was represented by the Chief Staff Officer of the ENC, Rear Admiral Taye Imam, expressed satisfaction that garden would serve patients, their relatives and the host community as a whole.
He said “the navy reference hospital caters to patients with serious illnesses. We have lots of patients, who patronize this hospital. So, this garden is an addition to the hospital, wherein the relatives of patients, who come visiting in the evenings can relax”.
According to him, “even the patients, who are on admission and need to take walks or daily exercises when they have the strength, can walk here and it would aid in the healing process of such patients”.
The FOC further explained that the park would be opened to the public provided such persons adhere to hospital environment laws.
Rear Admiral Adeniran further emphasized that the garden was part of the Nigerian Navy corporate social responsibility geared towards strengthening civil – military relationship.
Adeniran remarked, “the construction of the garden is contributed as a token by the hospital to the development of our host community. A garden of this nature is consistent with the ecofriendly initiative of the state government to preserve the environment”.
Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas Gardens sits on an expanse of land, which is estimated to be about half an acre at the entrance to the reference hospital.