By Our Correspondent
Younger brother of the governor of Cross River governor, Dr. Frank Ayade Saturday commissioned two hospitals in Obudu and Obanliku local government areas.
The hospitals, General Hospital Obudu and Cottage Hospital Kabun, Basang West in Obanliku local government area were renovated and built by players in the private sector respectively.
At the general hospital Obudu, Ayade told CrossRiverWatch in an interview moments after the commissioning and tour of the facility that “I am excited with what I have seen here and if falling sick was a good thing, then I will come and sleep here and though I have noted some things that should be made available, I feel good”.
In a similar vein, the Director Administration of the facility, Dr. Evelyn Ikpi told CrossRiverWatch that about 30 staff have resumed work already as the hospital aims to deliver the best services there is to the people of Obudu and its environs and expressed happiness that the commissioning has been done after nearly two years of renovation.
The renovation of the facility which was razed by fire over a decade ago was carried out by St. Luke’s General Hospital Consortium under a public private partnership arrangement with the state government which was initiated by the administration of former governor Liyel Imoke.
At the Cottage Hospital Kabun, Basang West ward of Sankwala in Obanliku local government area, the Commissioner for Health, Inyang Asibong told the community that the current administration will strive to get it right in the health sector and it was the reason why almost half of the entire state executive council were in attendance at the commissioning.
Speaking to journalists after the event, Asibong said that “This administration has the health and welfare of the people as one of its topmost priorities, the job done here by this community is good and if replicated by other communities across the state, then the challenge of efficient healthcare delivery will be half solved”.
Also, Betta Edu the Director General of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency in a goodwill message, told the community that their demand that the 15 staff operating the facility be engaged by the government will be considered when recruitment begins and lauded them for the initiative.
The 16 bed facility is a community initiative which CrossRiverWatch learnt was constructed to reduce infant and maternal mortality.
Through its representative, Amuyou Ushuki, the community is now requesting that a doctor be posted there immediately, a residential quarters provided for the doctor, electricity, access road and consideration for employment of the 15 staff already working as volunteers in the facility.
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