Okorocha donates four hospitals to armed forces, police
MTN Foundation donates mobile clinic to Niger community
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State at the weekend donated one hospital each to the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and Police.
According to the governor, the gesture was to make the state the hub of medical services and tourism destination.
Okorocha explained that his government had also constructed a 200-bed hospital in each of the 27 local council areas of the state.
He said the hospitals are strategically located in four local council areas of the state, adding that they would serve as outreach centres to the university of medicine, which he would build later in the state.
The Commander of the Nigeria Army Medical Corps, Maj-Gen. Abimbola Amosu, received the keys on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Okorocha expressed confidence in the ability of the hospitals to deliver on the mandate, particularly with the caliber of the Commander of the Nigeria Army Medical Corps, Maj-Gen. Abimbola Amosu.
“I am very quite impressed in seeing a woman wearing the rank of a Major General. This is quite exemplary and defines the reason the army’s medical section is doing well,” he said.
He promised to collaborate with the army to establish some military institutions in the state, including a campus of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
Amosu pledged to use the hospital for the benefit of not the army alone, but the civilians to strengthen their relationship.
Meanwhile, the MTN Foundation’s Y’ello Doctor Mobile Healthcare Intervention Scheme has donated a mobile clinic to Digigbe community in Niger State government.
The scheme, which started in 2014, was to ensure that rural dwellers do not travel more than five kilometers before they could access health facilities.
Other states that have benefited from the project are Ogun, Delta, Abia, Taraba and Kastina states.
The clinics are equipped with medical consumables and drugs, to provide the rural dwellers the opportunity to access maternal and child healthcare services.
The state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello and other functionaries witnessed the donation.
The Director, MTN Foundation, Mohammadu Danlami, said: “Our primary objective is to complement government’s efforts in improving the quality of lives in our communities across the federation.