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Nawgu General Hospital to receive urgent intervention

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ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala says Nawgu General Hospital will soon receive urgent intervention from Government for improved service delivery.

“This is in line with the directive of Gov. Willie Obiano,” Dr Okpala said this while addressing newsmen at Nawgu General Hospital, Dunukofia (LGA) during his familiarisation tour of hospitals in the state.

He explained that his visit was to inspect and evaluate the hospital’s facilities, as well as to ensure they receive government intervention for them to perform the satisfaction of Ndi Anambra using such facilities.

“This is in line with the state government policies of ensuring that government-owned hospitals render quality healthcare services.

“The interest of government is to ensure that the six basic building blocks of functional healthcare is achieved, one of which is good service healthcare delivery to the people.

“We are satisfied at the quality of facilities that we have seen here and we will go back to ensure that they receive necessary support from us,” he said.

The commissioner noted that the challenges facing the hospital in terms of personnel would be looked into, so that they would be able to offer quality services to the people.

Dr Simeon Onyemaechi, Executive Secretary, Anambra State Health Insurance Agency (ASHIA), said government was doing a lot of assessment in order to see how they could take healthcare provision to the next level.

“It is our duty to inspect hospital facilities, assess them and also to ascertain the readiness of those facilities to implement services for ASHIA.

“If the facilities need improvement, then, we work with stakeholders in order to ensure the facilities meet the standard on our check list for accrediting hospitals.

“When hospitals meet our standards, we accredit and enlist them since the goal of ASHIA is to ensure that quality healthcare services will be accessible to Ndi Anambra,” he said.

Dr Onyemaechi appealed to well meaning individuals in the community to help to pay the insurance fees for the people that could not afford it.

Dr Chinasa Okeke, Chief Medical Director of the hospital (CMD), beckoned on government for provision of more medical personnel for adequate healthcare delivery to Ndi Nawgu.

Dr Okeke, then, listed the challenges facing the hospital to include a lack of electricity, water and security, which when provided would encourage patients to access health services from hospital.

Mr Lawrence Ezeudu, legislator, representing Dunukofia Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, noted that provision of the basic amenities would help the hospital to function better.

“I believe that when all necessary provisions are provided, the hospital will be second to none in the country.

“We have beautiful facilities here that are being underutilised, that the commissioner and other government officials have taken stock of,” he said.

Traditional ruler of Nawgu, Igwe George Okaa-Onwuogu, expressed appreciation over the assessment, while looking forward for urgent intervention.

“This is the only General Hospital around; when fully functional will attract many communities within and beyond to access healthcare.”

The traditional ruler noted some prominent sons of the community were willing to register no fewer than 100 less privileged members of the community on ASHIA.

He commended the Government for the N20m Community Choose Your Project Initiative, noting that his community had already utilised the first and second for their chosen projects.

Present during the visit include, Dr Richmond Achugbu, Enugwu-Ukwu General Hospital Administrator, Mrs Nwamaka Arinze, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to governor on General Hospital.

Others are Mrs Oluchi Onyedikachi, SSA on Medical Supplies and Facility, Okechukwu Nwokike, SA to governor on Health and Rev Samuel Ginikanwa, President-General Nawgu.

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