By Chukwudi Nwauba 

Amanuke (Awka North LGA), Dec. 9, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala says the State Government will soon upgrade the Amanuke Community General Hospital for optimal performance. 

Dr Okpala, while inspecting the hospital facilities restated that Government’s commitment in provision of quality and accessible healthcare service delivery to Ndi Anambra. 

According to him, Government has invested huge resources in the health system across communities in the state. 

The commissioner explained that his unannounced visit was also to ascertain a level of commitment from Health workers and Management of the hospital. 

“I am glad to see the Doctor-in-charge, health workers around and we discussed extensively on where they are to improve as well as took note of their challenges. 

“It was a thing of joy because the community’s Health Committee team was also at the hospital to take note of the things they are to assist the hospital with. 

 “They were not even aware that we also have our plan of upgrading the hospital and this showed their readiness to collaborate the Government efforts in providing them with functional health centre.’’ 

He urged the healthcare providers to be committed in discharge of their duties and not to sabotage the state government efforts in the health sector. 

“When you relate well with patients and if they are satisfied with the services rendered to them, then, they will be glad to access the facility whenever they fall sick.’’ 

Dr Okpala commended the leadership of the community for always sending out the community health committee to check on the activities of the healthcare providers and to know their challenges.    

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Maduabuchukwu Okafor said that the commissioner’s visit was a welcomed development to what they were expecting from the state government. 

“At times like this we expect to see government officials visit us, because it will give us more confidence in doing the job and the commissioner surprised us with his unannounced visit,’’ Dr Okafor noted. 

A health committee member, Mr Ikechukwu Orakwe said they were sent by the Town Union to go to the hospital in order to take note of challenges facing the hospital.     

“We visit them on a routine basis, where they tell us their challenges, that is why we are here and coincidentally the commissioner met us and we are very happy to be with him. 

“Our expectation is that as he has carried out on-the-spot-assessment of the facilities, those things that are problems to the health personnel will be solved,’’ he said.    Mr Orakwe expressed his optimism that the commissioner would convey his findings to Gov. Willie Obiano whom he believed had a listening ear and would as well assist them. (MOI)

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