A’ Ibom govt disburses N132m for maintenance of hospital facilities.

By Isaac Job, Uyo

Akwa Ibom state government said it has released N132m for the maintenance of General Hospitals across the 31 local government areas in the state.

Speaking with newsmen in Uyo on Thursday during Inter-Ministerial Briefing tagged ” Tracking the Promise” the Commissioner for Health Prof Augustine Umoh said that Governor Udom Emmanuel was committed to health care delivery in the state.

Umoh explained that the state government was aware of the shortage of Nurses and Midwives in the health sector adding that the shortfall of medical personnel has been addressed through the employment of over 300 Doctors and Nurses in hospitals.

He observed that the number of recruited medical personnel was not enough as the government has planned to bring back retired Midwives who are still strong to support existing ones in the health service.

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“The Ministry of Health will soon bring back retired Midwives who are still strong into the state hospital service.

“Government will pay them stipends to encourage them in contributing through their acquired experiences in the health sector.

” However, more health personnel would be employed to ensure efficient health care delivery in the state.

Umoh reels out achievements of Udom in the health sector in the last 8 years including renovation of hospitals and construction of new ones, Remodelling of General Hospitals in Ikot Abasi, Eket, Anua, procurement of medical equipment, recruitment of health personnel as well as effective management of covid 19 pandemic among others.

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