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Medical Council hails Wike for inaugurating tertiary healthcare facilities

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
16 November 2022   |   3:33 am
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has upgraded the state University Teaching Hospital, saying it is now the best medical facility in Nigeria.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has upgraded the state University Teaching Hospital, saying it is now the best medical facility in Nigeria.

The governor stated this at the inauguration of twin buildings housing the Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences and the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, performed by the Chairman of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Prof. Abba Hassan, in Port Harcourt yesterday. 

He also said Renal Centre and hostel for medical house officers that have been completed would soon be inaugurated.

He charged teachers and students to take their work and studies seriously to sustain excellence in the health sector.

“We are commissioning the Renal Centre and the house officers hostel, which have been completed and furnished soon.

“But it beats my imagination that a teaching hospital has no Renal Centre. Go and see the Mother and Child Hospital; the gynecology and paediatric sections. Those of you who will be using the teaching hospital for your learning, you are getting the best equipment for your practical. What you see overseas is what you are seeing here.”

Performing the inauguration of the project, Hassan, commended Wike for the upgrade.

He said: “Wike has invested satisfactorily in this entire tripod, starting with the development of manpower in the health sector, giving a foundation to sustain the investment in the infrastructure and equipment procurement.

“It will also provide opportunity for research and invention. I learned that over 300 medical and staff had been trained and are being paid regularly higher than any government, including the federal government. This will certainly help to forestall the cancerous brain drain in this sector.”

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Justice Iche Ndu (rtd) recalled how on the 29th of November 2019, representatives of the National University Commission (NUC) were on resource verification at RSU College of Medical Sciences.

During the visit, they insisted, he said, that before the University would be accredited by the Medical And Dental Council of Nigeria to proceed to the clinicals, commitments should be shown in building such faculty building.

He thanked governor Wike for his support that have actualised the requirement needed for full accreditation.

MEANWHILE, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has signed Executive Order 22 prohibiting the use of premises, buildings and structures on residential areas across the state as campaign offices by political parties without approval.

The order according to a statement signed, yesterday, by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Chris Fineborne, prohibits the posting of bills, posters or any other material in unauthorised places.

According to the statement, the Governor after signing the order at the State Executive Council Chamber, condemned defacement of expensive public properties, particularly in Port Harcourt through indiscriminate posting of handbills, banners, posters and all sorts of unauthorized materials.