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query_builder December 3, 2018 15:10:07

By Chisom Okpala

Awka, Dec. 3, 2018 (MOI) Anambra State Government has re-assured Ndi Anambra of readiness to offer them better healthcare services.

Gov. Willie Obiano gave the assurance while inspecting ongoing Maternal and Child Care Centre at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Amaku, Awka.

The Maternal and Child care building was being sponsored by Chevron Nigeria Ltd., one of the largest oil producing companies in Nigeria as part of its community development projects.

According to Dr Nkem Okeke, who represented the Governor at the occasion, the building would create more space for people to give birth in the hospital.

``This is a huge structure, it is quite big from what I am seeing from the design and structure,’’ he said.

He commended the present administration’s effort toward improving healthcare facilities in the state, noting that the building would be the first of its kind in the federation and Anambra, the first benefitting state through efforts of Gov. Obiano.

The Governor, who earlier inspected the oxygen plant house and some equipment that just arrived, stressed that the oxygen plant would supply oxygen to every facility within the state.

``With this facility in place, the rate of people dying over a lack of oxygen will be minimised,’’ he noted.

Obiano explained that the equipment, which ought to have arrived earlier, was delayed because of some problems in procuring them.

He, then, pledged that the facility would be completed for inauguration by Government over the next one month.

The Governor, then, called for more partnership, especially from foreign investors in elevating the health system of the state, so that Ndi Anambra would have access to quality healthcare.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike said the facility would be of enormous benefit to Ndi Anambra and surrounding states.

He noted the maternal and child care to be more challenging, as children and mothers were the most vulnerable.

Akabuike expressed the hope that such a facility would help to bring down maternal and child mortality to a acceptable level.

The Contractor handling the project Mr Arinze Nnamdi who promised to deliver at quality specification, said the building would be completed and delivered to the beneficiary by March 2019. (MOI)