By Dennis Agbo
Ebonyi State Government has disbursedÂ N100million to six private and missionary hospitals, bringing to N600 million, the amount already disbursed to hospitals in the state between 2008 and 2009.
According to the 6th tranche disbursement, Mile 4 Hospital got the sum of N15.3m; St. Vincent Hospital, Ndubia received the sum of N16.5m; Sudan Mission, Nigeria Reformed Church Hospital Onuenyim, Izzi also got the sum of N17m; Rural Improvement Mission Hospital, Ikwo received the sum of N17m; Presbyteian Joint Hospital, Uburu got the sum of N16.7m while Mater Misericordae Hospital, Afikpo got N17.5m, the highest.
The funds were disbursed through the equality of hospital, which is 24%, infrastructural development and completion of ongoing project, 30%; implementation of free maternal healthcare, 30%; man-power development, 12% for promotion of child health and other disease control, 4%.
While disbursing the fund at the Ministry of Health and Environment, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sunday Nwangele,Â who represented Governor Martin Elechi said that the gesture was in line with the Governorâ€™s promise during his inception of office, that the state would strive to support private medical practitioners and health institutions who may wish to establish hospitals in the rural communities of the state.
Nwangele noted that the essence of the fund was to alleviate the sufferings of the rural communities in need of adequate healthcare service, which is aimed atÂ revamping infrastructures in those hospitals; for recruitment of relevant human resource for health, like doctors, consultants, nurses and other para-medicals.
He also stated the fund would help in the implementation of health policies and programme,Â like the free maternal healthcare services for the rural women, immunization activities and campaign against polio, mother and child care initiative programmes, environmental sanitation of the hospitals and other disease control interventions.
The Commissioner also noted that the grants would take care of the primary and secondary levels of health care service delivery and would not in any form, jeopardise governmentâ€™s attention and financial provisions for public health facilities.
In his appreciation, the representative of Mater Misericordae Hospital, Afipo Rev. Fr. Charles Otu commended Governor Elechi for the kind gesture and promised to ultilitze the fund judiciously and adequately for the aimed for which it is provided. He noted that the fund would help the hospitals to attend to its need and treat children and women in the rural areas.